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Take a Stand
Take a Stand is a simple game that can be used in a variety of ways: use it at the beginning of a lesson as an informal pre–assessment, use it in the middle or at the end of a lesson as a review, or use it anytime as a simple get–to–know–you activity. It encourages students to take a stand on an issue and provide evidence to back up that stand.
Materials: Discovery Education video or reading passage, teacher–created, true/false questions related to the media
- Begin by selecting a video or reading passage related to a current topic. Review the material and write at least five true/false questions based it.
- Have students view, read, or listen to the selected material.
- Present the first statement. Ask students to stand up if they agree and to remain seated if they disagree.
- Allow time after each question or statement for discussion or debate about student answers. Prompt students to cite evidence to back up their claims.
This simple strategy gets students engaged with a topic and up and moving, providing them with a kinesthetic reinforcement for their thinking and learning. It works well for informal assessment of what they learned from a particular material and adds a layer of accountability.
Provide an opportunity for more movement by having them move to different sides of the room according to their answers. Use more than just true/false questions and answers by labeling different areas in the room additional possibilities (e.g., numbers or statement).