Devious Licks? Devious Sips! Making Connections Reading Article 010 Citizenship

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Reading response article about the Devious Licks TikTok challenge that destroyed school bathrooms in Sep 2021.

Differentiated informational text written at 3 different grade levels (Grade 6, 8, 10) with matching paragraph numbers.

New TikTok Challenge Devious Sips Dares Kids to Take Action!

10 discussion questions help students analyze and evaluate different responses to Devious Licks including:

  • positive social media challenges,

  • arresting students, and

  • reporting the videos to shut down social media accounts. (If you can't post a video, it can't go viral...)

Devious Sips and Devious Licks are really lessons in active citizenship. 

  • What do we do to encourage positive behaviours and challenge negative ones?

  • How is responding to racism similar or different from responding to Devious Licks?

This lesson includes concepts from the 6Cs CITIZENSHIP chapter of the GROWTH MINDSET 21st Century Learning bundle.

It would go well with the MAKING CONNECTIONS reading strategy.

This article comes in 3 differentiated reading levels:

  • Grade 6

  • Grade 8

  • Grade 10

NOTE: Reading grade levels are approximate.

  • Hemingway determines the “grade level” of your text using the Automated Readability Index. Although there are many different readability formulas that calculate different grades, bottom line is there are 3 different versions of the article.

  • EACH BODY PARAGRAPH in the article is numbered. All 3 differentiated versions of the articles contain the same paragraph structure. (So paragraph 1 has the same facts in all three reading levels.)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


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