Gathering Evidence: What can our School Resource Officer tell us about privacy?

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SWBAT gather evidence for an argumentative essay by forming questions, listening to a guest speaker for answers to those questions and writing a reflection.

Big Idea

Interviewing our school resource officer is just as valuable as reading a text about social media privacy.

Prepare for our guest speaker

10 minutes

Today we are going to have a guest speaker come in and speak about privacy.  I'm utilizing our School Resource Officer as the guest speaker.  I have asked him to speak about privacy that students do/do not have within the school and community.  I also asked him to think about his own privacy being limited since he is a public figure.  Before he comes in, I want students to think about what information they want to gather from him.  I am going to display the Guest Speaker Preparation sheet and give students five minutes to write three questions.  I'll explain that they might not have an opportunity to ask all three questions, but they will help focus their listening. Students will think about the articles they have already read and the warm up writings we have done. Those topics will help guide students into creating their own questions so they are prepared for the discussion (SL.9-10.1a).  

Listening to gather information

25 minutes

I'll instruct the students to write notes while listening to our speaker. I'll remind them that listening might remind them of another question they want to ask and they should write that down to help propel the discussion. While the officer is answering questions and speaking to the class, I will observe students and encourage those who aren't taking notes.  The clip student 1 asking the guest speaker a question demonstrates a  good questions that helps propel the discussion (SL.9-10.1c).  

Reflect on what we've heard

10 minutes

After the guest speaker leaves, I want students to reflect on what they have heard and organize their thoughts (W.9-10.10). This prompt will be displayed on the white board:

Students, now that you've done a great job of listening to the Officer, I want you to read the notes you took and think about the evidence you have gathered.  Was anything that the officer said a violation of your privacy?  Do his thoughts reinforce or challenge your opinion?  Write a seven minute reflection answering these questions and reflecting on what you have heard.  

When students are finished, I will collect the notes, questions and reflections (W.9-10.10).  I'm anxious to read these reflections and see if students make a connection between the guest speaker's opinions and information from the articles we have read.   

Students reflected well on the guest speaker's thoughts.  I am most impressed with their additional questions.  Here are two examples: Student work 1 and Student Work 2