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"Talk It Out Tuesday" is a debate or discussion activity that is generic enough to be applied to any topic, text, or content. Students are given a topic, question, or current event and for homework they are asked to research, decide their position, and record three facts or pieces of evidence to support that position. Then on Tuesday students debate the issue in class, usually in small groups, using the evidence they gathered. Finally, after the debate students use the second reflect and consider what was effective or ineffective about the evidence they heard and what could be improved on in the future.
I use this product to give students a chance to practice speaking and listening skills on a regular basis. Usually, I assign students a current event or a hot topic and let them research and develop a position. Sometimes I challenge students by providing a position and forcing them to defend it, even if it's not the position they agree with.
This activity could also be used for discussion of a whole-class or small-group text during a novel study. Students could debate traits and motives of different characters in the text, the theme or intentions of the author, or even which character they most identify with or what they would do if they were part of the story. This is a great opportunity to assess student reading and comprehension of an assigned text in an engaging way as students apply critical thinking skills to what they've read.