"The Big Two" A look into the Comic World

"The Big Two" A look into the Comic World
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This lesson I just finished today in my field experience as a future ELA teacher. I had two articles that I pulled from the internet off of Sparknotes, about whether DC is better than Marvel or vice versa. I first had the class decide whether they were DC or Marvel or neither and then move them to two halves of the room. Then I took a tally count. Next I told the DC to watch for the main idea in the Marvel article and vice versa. I read to the class outloud performing stop and chats (they are in desk clusters, so this is basically a talk through the text strategy). I determined ahead of time what I wanted to stop and chat about for certain vocab words, or hard to understand paragraphs. At the end of reading both articles, we wrote the main idea down for each article. Then I had the groups come up with three main points that would like to argue against their counterpoint group. For the neither group of students I had them come up with some "devil's advocate" type statements that pertain to both groups. The objective was to show my students that there are two opposing sides to each topic, and they had to recognize main idea, use context clues to determine vocab, and also determine their own opinion at the end of the lesson. The activity at the end of the read aloud was to encourage the students to argue in a fair and nice way. Using the argumentative techniques my mentor teacher (Their ELA teacher) taught them a week ago.
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