Reflection: Joy Discussing the Topic of Equality - Section 3: Discussion


The day after this lesson, I threw my lesson plan out the door. Why? I asked my students.

When our discussion ended the previous day, there were words left unsaid; I could see it on the frustrated faces leaving the room.

So I asked, "Do you want to continue the discussion?"


I thought, maybe another 10 minutes will do. Then, maybe 20. 30?

But no--they rolled with the discussion for the entire class period. And I'm not talking repeated responses, empty additions, and digressions. I'm talking quality discussion: varied perspectives, real-world examples, many voices. I watched closely from the sidelines for boredom, but everyone leaned forward, watched, contributed. It was a sight to see. They owned that conversation. I let it roll.

  When They Are On a Roll...Roll
  Joy: When They Are On a Roll...Roll
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Discussing the Topic of Equality

Unit 6: Purpose Across Multiple Texts
Lesson 1 of 17

Objective: SWBAT access prior knowledge by discussing equality as they currently understand it.

Big Idea: Equality--what is it? How do we know? Why does it matter?

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English / Language Arts, equality (American Govt), discussions, equality, analyze details, comparison, historical background
  30 minutes
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