SOS: Take a Stand

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Take a Stand

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SOS Big Idea

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 preassessment, use it in the middle or at the end of a lesson as a review, or use it anytime as a simple gettoknowyou activity. It encourages students to take a stand on an issue and provide evidence to back up that stand.

SOS StepsMaterials: Discovery Education video or reading passage, teachercreated, true/false questions related to the media

  1. 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.
  2. Have students view, read, or listen to the selected material.
  3. Present the first statement. Ask students to stand up if they agree and to remain seated if they disagree.
  4. Allow time after each question or statement for discussion or debate about student answers. Prompt students to cite evidence to back up their claims.

SOS Sum It Up


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.


SOS More Ideas


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).


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One Comment;

  1. Farrah P. said:

    I love this idea! I teach U.S. History and this would be really awesome to use in the classroom. I always have investigative questions for my lessons where students have to take a stand and this would be a great way to open up the lesson with or even end it. This is also great for Common Core because students are citing evidence for their answer. I like the fact that it takes in the factor of different types of learner and it involves kinesthetic learners. I came across this strategy during a professional development a while back but I completely forgot about it. During the professional development they called it the Four Corners activity where students would have to answer the question by standing in one of the corners based on Completely Agree, Somewhat Agree, Somewhat Disagree, and Completely Disagree. This is a great way of getting them to be more involved with the lesson and they get to work with different peers than their usual friends. I am going to incorporate this into my lesson next time.

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