Distance Learning: What Would You Do for Middle School Google Slides

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5th - 8th
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61 pages
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Get students thinking and talking with this collection of creative and original hypothetical What Would You Do? situations from veteran English teacher Taylor Sapp. The 27 critical thinking prompts here are designed with young learners or elementary school students in mind.

This is the Google Slides edition. You can also get for PowerPoint.

What would you do if:

  • your best friend stopped showering and people noticed?
  • there was a ghost in your bedroom?
  • you saw a dog locked in a hot car?
  • you could only save one thing from your house before it was covered in lava?
  • you found a wallet on the street?

and 22 more hypothetical situation prompts that for students to respond to. See the preview for the full table of contents.

The situations represent a range of ethical situations, everyday problems students really face, fantastical questions, and social issues. But all are designed to be appealing and appropriate to middle school students. No sex, drugs, or rock and roll!

This activity works equally well for speaking or writing practice as students talk through the situation and different contexts, or write their opinion. You can even have them start out discussing the prompt as a kind of brainstorming, and then move to writing an expository or opinion essay. And the slide format makes it easy to email these to students, add them to your own class slides, or show them on the project in face-to-face classes!

Unlike similar collections of hypothetical situations, this is more than just a list of ideas. Each prompt is divided into two slides.

On the first slide you'll find a hero image that can be used to activate schema, a short situation to give context and engage students, then a brief expression of the dilemma, highlighting the issue, and finally some suggested solutions, although students are welcome to create their own innovative solutions (and trust me, they will!)

On the second slide, there are some ideas for variables that might change your students' answers. This helps students think about their actions in context. Many of these situations also touch on important Social-Emotional Learning points such as how to deal with a cheater or a friend with hygiene problems.

In addition, there are slides with suggestion for use, most of them working equally well via online distance learning or face-to-face!

Use them as thoughtful and engaging warmers, fillers, or as the start of a class discussion, or even as pre-writing. Engaging, flexible, fun. What Would You Do? is your students' new favorite activity.

What would you do if your students wanted to do MORE work because they love these so much?


Want more?

Check out the whole book in paperback or ebook on our website or wherever you buy books: What Would You Do? by Taylor Sapp.

You can also buy it as a growing bundle of printable PDF activities.

Browse the What Would You Do Activities individually.

or check out our Google Slides editions:

and PowerPoint editions:

And don't miss all our Critical Thinking Resources.


Alphabet Publishing is a small independent publishing company that specializes in materials to help students practice language through creativity. All our products are author-led and all our authors are teachers practicing in the classroom now.

Total Pages
61 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.


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