Hot Topics Class Discussion Assignment

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A great resource to use when preparing your class for a larger debate! Some of the topics provided could become debate topics themselves ?
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Hot Topics Class Discussion Assignment | PDF and Digital Formats: Use this Hot Topics Oral Presentation Assignment to engage your students in current issues and events. Try this no prep, print and go, Hot Topics Class Discussion Assignment. This oral presentation assignment can be used with any type of non-fiction text, news broadcast, documentary or video on any topic in the content areas e.g. Science, Math, History, Geography, World News. Teachers are provided with a gradual release framework (I Do, We Do, You Do) to scaffold this assignment for students.

This assignment contains:

  • A detailed teacher lesson plan explaining how to use this strategy in guided practice - modelled, shared and independent.
  • Sample Hot Topics
  • Student Assignment Sheet
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Oral presentation rubric
  • Step by steps student instructions on how to create classroom discussion questions on the chosen hot topic

Teacher Feedback

  1. "LOVE this! My students constantly discuss hot topics in class and I love using this to bring it into practical use and research.
  2. The organizers are great!"
  3. "Thanks for the assignment! It is a fantastic way to keep the kids informed of the current events while hitting curriculum expectations!"
  4. “Great product for use in any class! Easy to use!”
  5. "Great resource! I can't wait to use this for my Social Skills class as a way to get my students talking!"

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.


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