Discussion Skills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses numerous mini-activities, a main activity, and a quiz to teach and let your students practice the basic elements of having a proper discussion.

Learning Objectives

After your students have engaged in this lesson plan's discussion, quiz, and activity, they will be able to:

  • Describe ways to positively contribute to a discussion
  • Demonstrate active listening skills
  • Develop original thoughts to contribute to a discussion
  • Generate appropriate questions to ask during a discussion to demonstrate listening and comprehension

Length

45-90 minutes without the main activity

Materials

    • Excerpts of any text of your choosing

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3

Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.4

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

Instructions

Warm Up Activity

  • Ask your students:
    • What are some of the ways by which you can contribute to having a good discussion about any topic?
  • Activity:
    • Play a video of a contentious political debate
    • Have your students identify what they believe went wrong with respect to having a good discussion during that debate

Discussion

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