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Responding to a Controversial Topic

  • 25 May 2018
  • Posted by: Pauline Millar
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Responding to a Controversial Topic
Students’ age range: 14-16
Topic: Expressing Your Point of View - Argument
Description: The topic for discussion is presented : , “ Popular music encourages violence among youth.”
Voting- Teacher stimulates the development of independent thinking in students by having them vote or take a position on the topic using the Kahoot App. Following feedback on the outcome, students pair with a student with opposiing views to engage in a Think Pair Share. During this exercise students will enhance their sense of fairmindedness (S3) by probing more deeply into their own positions and those of their partner. They will examine the questions. What else do I need to know about this? What do I find interesting about this? What are my views about this? How have my views changed as a result of this interaction? After 10 minutes of discussion, each pair will share one supporting and one opposing argument during whole class discussion which will support students in acquiring intellectual courage and confidence in reason (S6, S9). Each student will select a short text (print or digital) or short video and use Socratic Questioning to examine the use of ethos, pathos and logos as tools of persuasion in the selection. Students will then review the ideas, organization, use of voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions, use of images, colour and music as employed in their text or video.

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