Students will beg, plead, implore you to play THE GAME again and again. Year after year, my students cite THE GAME as one of their most memorable, provocative, and useful activities.
This team-based approach introduces students to argumentation based on what they already know and do. Students will compete to win THE GAME by strategically appealing to their audience (peers). After taking notes on the different presentations, they will vote on a winner. Discussion/analysis questions allow you to facilitate a thoughtful debrief of the activity and provide opportunities to bring in materials, ideas, vocabulary, and strategies that are relevant to your instruction around argument.
This activity is open-ended enough to function as a formative or summative assessment of students' argumentation skills. It requires minimal prep on the part of the teacher. Additionally, the open-ended nature allows for easy differentiation: use intentional grouping (high, medium, and low performing students) to support individual students' needs and work with groups as needed during their prep time.
In this EDITABLE PowerPoint download, you will find:
-A teacher overview of the materials, timing, and procedure
-Student instructions for preparing, presenting, and voting
-Debrief/analysis questions that can be used for oral or written reflection
You will need to provide:
-Prizes for winners (that's it!)
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This product is also available in the AP Language and Composition GROWING BUNDLE.
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