Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Should Orcas Be Set Free? Debating the Issues - Section 2: Guided Practice


Sometimes it is the unplanned that makes the biggest impact.  That is exactly what happened today. I was planning on having a small discussion about Orcas and what we "know" about them.  I wanted the students to be able to share their knowledge and was shocked at the passion they brought to the discussion.  I was not aware there has recently been a video released on this very topic and that the students have viewed this video.  This video demonstrated the life of an orca and it's struggles to find safety. 

The students had a lot of knowledge on this issue, which really took this lesson to a whole new level.  I don't think they would have taken as much away from it, if they didn't have that passion. 

As a teacher, I got lucky.  However, I also learned how valuable finding "that topic" can be to the lesson. 

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Should Orcas Be Set Free? Debating the Issues

Unit 8: Unit 6 Getting to Know Argumentative Writing
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify the argument, claims and evidence for a relevant topic.

Big Idea: Free Willy! Students read all about Orcas and have to decide whether or not they should be set free.

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