Teens love to argue, right? Give them an engaging and content-based opportunity to express their point of view using text-based evidence by staging a debate in conjunction with the novel, The Great Gatsby.
Reading an assigned book becomes so much more worth it when reading it to compete with a team. You will see your students finding quotes, researching and re-reading passages to uncover evidence to support their case. Your budding lawyers will emerge and your introverts will shine.
The lesson contains the directions to stage two 15 minute team cross examination debates, Common Core Standards, Essential and Key Questions, resources, procedures, protocol, rubrics, and resource links.
Key words: debate, Common Core, rhetoric, Gatsby, AP Language, project based instruction, critical thinking, public speaking