Reflection: Debate Saving Endangered Animals Debate - Section 4: Evaluation and Closure


I have found using debates as a performance task helps students to learn to identify the main idea, supporting details, and conclusions.  They learn to selectively omit less important information and categorize information during note-taking.  These reading comprehension skills are essential for students to become more competent readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.  Debates can really be a vital link to the entire 4th grade curriculum.  Higher level Bloom's taxonomy skills such as evaluation is also a crucial part of this lesson as students reflect upon the discourse which takes place during the debate and determine whether or not the discourse is Common Core-aligned using an evaluator rubric.

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Saving Endangered Animals Debate

Unit 1: Endangered Animals
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT debate the pros and cons of saving endangered animals.

Big Idea: Students explore the pros and cons of saving endangered animals through a debate.

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