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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
45-90 minutes without the main activity
- Handouts of the following lesson's text:
- Excerpts of any text of your choosing
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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?
- 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
- Pass out the following lesson's text for your students:
- Read it together as a class. Pause after every section to see if any students have any questions.
- Once you've finished reading the lesson, proceed to the discussion portion of the class:
- Mini-activity: pass out an excerpt of any text of your choosing. Pair the students up. Each student should read the text and take notes. The students should then ask each other questions about the text in order to test how prepared they are for a discussion on the text.
- Mini-activity: form groups of 3-4. The students should take turns telling a story about something really boring they did the past week (in as much detail as possible). The boring story and details will test the students' ability to focus and listen. The other students should then summarize what they heard to the speaker.
- Mini-activity: pair the students up. Each student should share their opinion on any topic they think is important to them. The other student should summarize what they just heard, then share an original response, and finally ask a thoughtful question all while being respectful and concise.
- Each student should take the lesson quiz as an in-class activity
- Review all questions and answers as a class
- Prior to starting this activity, give students a heads up (of a few days) about the topic
- Choose any hot topic pertinent to today's world that you think your students will find interesting and, even, controversial (to ramp up the discussion level and interest).
- Ask your students to take a stance on the topic.
- Students should come to the discussion ready to participate using the guidelines of this lesson.
- Each student must demonstrate:
- Preparedness (do they know what they're talking about)?
- A good ability to listen to others (no interruptions)
- Asking a thoughtful question (that clearly demonstrates they listened well)
- Summarizing the thoughts of another before beginning theirs
- Being concise in their respectful responses.
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