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Would You Rather
Students need to be able to understand the points and counterpoints of arguments to be able to produce effective persuasive writing. In this strategy, based on the popular game Would You Rather?, students will place themselves in the shoes of historical figures and the events they experienced. Students will use critical thinking and justify their opinions with evidence from the media and resources available.
- Prior to the lesson, create a Would You Rather? question relating to the unit of study.
- Explain to students that they’ll be examining resources about the topic to determine which situation they would rather face.
- Share the Would You Rather? question with the class and provide students a My Content folder, with preselected digital media files, or Content Collections about the topic.
- Allow students time to examine the resources you provide or conduct their own research.
- Encourage students to take notes in a journal or by using graphic organizers, as they will need to justify their responses with evidence from their research.
- Provide five minutes for students to work in pairs or small groups to share their responses.
- Have students take the opposite opinion and argue the counterpoint.
- As a whole class, ask for volunteers to share their answers and focus on recognizing students who support their answers with evidence.
Asking students to examine a situation from the perspective of the person experiencing the event is an effective way to encourage creative and critical thinking, as students build awareness of the details that create the whole picture. This strategy also allows students to communicate their opinions and develop valid arguments based on evidence.
•Use this as review at the end of a unit of study. Ask a “Would You Rather” question and take instant answers based on what the students already know. This will help all students to review what they have learned.
•Have students create their own Would You Rather questions.