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Hot Topics Class Discussion Assignment | Distance Learning

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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  • Google Apps™
40 pages
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Hot Topics Class Discussion Assignment | PDF and Digital Formats: Do you want your students to be informed and engaged about important social issues in any content area? Try this no prep, print and go, Hot Topics Class Discussion Assignment.

This 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 to scaffold this assignment for students.

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This assignment contains:

  • A detailed teacher lesson plan explaining how to use this strategy in guided practice - modelled, shared and independent.
  • Sample Hot Topic practice
  • Student assignment sheet and graphic organizers
  • Oral presentation rubrics
  • 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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40 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
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.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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.


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