Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Using the Traffic Light to Guide Students' Responses

We started our Persuasive unit this week.  I began with general questions to guide students' opinions.  We read the Tony Stead book, "Should We Have Pets"?  You will notice that most students were in favor of having a pet.  Two were not sure and one was adamant about not having one.  We then decided that the students would move towards jotting notes about how they felt so that they could verbalize their opinions.  Here's a graphic organizer that helped them:

As the week progresses, we will steer the conversation to a debate format.  My goal is to have the students learn to "argue" their opinions verbally and then move to persuasive writing.  

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