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There are 13 scenarios in this Power Point activity, but it's easy to add more of your own! I have also included a slide with directions on it.
Directions: I will put a statement up on the board and students need to decide to what extent they agree or disagree then move to the corresponding corner of the room. Each corner will have a sign displaying one of the following: strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.
Having different levels of agreement helps students see that not all issues are black and white--you can sort of agree with something and also have some reservations about it (aka. the counterargument!). This game helps me introduce research/argumentative essay topics in a way that gets students moving around the room and discussing their opinions. It's sort of a fun way to trick them into learning effective arguments and counterarguments. Another goal is to get them thinking about which of the topics they might want to pursue for their research paper.
An added bonus is that the teacher is really just facilitating discussion and the kids are learning from each other through discussion!