I use this lesson to introduce the importance of providing evidence from the text to support answers. It would also be a great way to introduce and practice the RACE strategy or different sentence stems for providing evidence. I have also used this activity to begin book clubs/literature circles with my class. It is a great way to practice strong discussions about the text and set expectations for collaborative groups.
I usually have my kids read the dilemmas on their own, fill out the response sheet, and then gather in groups or partners to discuss and debate.
* Four "moral dilemma" situations: descriptions of a scenario with no clear right or wrong answer. Students must develop an opinion and use evidence from the text to support it.
* A "RACE" strategy poster/notes
* Evidence from the text sentence stems
* Accountable talk sentence stems
* Two options of response sheets: one using RACE, one using sentence stems to provide evidence.