In this graded discussion assignment, students are asked to create four original discussion questions and also answer six assigned discussion questions. Their written responses (with textual evidence) count for 50% of the graded discussion, and the actual discussion counts for the other 50% of the grade (note: these percentages can be changed in order to fit your students' needs). Students are instructed to reference their written responses during the graded discussion and also to add new ideas to them on discussion day.
Writing extension: After the graded discussion, students can select one of the questions to turn into an essay.
This graded discussion activity targets Common Core Standards in all categories and is a great way to account for nearly all standards with a single assignment. I have attached a page of relevant Common Core Standards to the graded discussion assignment for student and teacher reference.