The student will read an informational passage. After a teacher-facilitated class discussion, the student will prepare for both sides of a class debate without knowing to which side he/she will be assigned. After the student has had sufficient time to prepare, he/she will be assigned to a side and participate in a class debate.
The student will present their research about the history of the national parks; the threats and challenges to the national parks; or the history, geography, and significance of a specific national park. The student will imagine presenting this to the president of the United States or anyone for whom the use of formal English would be appropriate. The student will be placed in a group and will present a section after practicing speaking with formal English.
In this lesson, students will debate the issue of whether a character was justly punished for his violation of a school rule: standing in respectful silence during the national anthem. They will assume the identities of administrators, teachers, parents, and students while arguing the issue in a mock PTSA meeting held in a school library or auditorium. In preparation for the debate, students will be asked to speak and write from the perspective of a character, stating their opinions in a slanted or biased way in both a newspaper article and persuasive paragraph using text evidence to support their perspective.
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