While reading The Great Gatsby my class talks a lot about socioeconomics, the American Dream, and upward mobility. To start the conversation, I do a human Likert scale. Here's how it works:
- use colored tape to make a line across the room on the floor; one end is strongly agree, the other end is strongly disagree
- read the statements one at a time
- students move along the line, which acts as a continuum
- students volunteer or teacher calls on students to share why they are standing where they are
I find that my students have a lot to say about socioeconomics and that they have very different ideas. This is a great way to get them moving and involve kinesthetic learning while also sparking engaging discussion.