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Reading and Responding to Real World Issues

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Keywords: English, social studies, textual evidence, message board.
Subject(s): Biology, Social Studies, Spelling, Technology, Grammar, Journalism, Writing, History, Earth Science, Reading, English/Language Arts
Grades 8 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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Planned By: Vivian Maguire
Original Author: Vivian Maguire, El Paso
In this Reading class, students will learn how to respond to real-world issues citing evidence from an article as support. Students will begin class with a daily article from the online program Achieve 3000. Students will use their tablets to answer an online poll about a topic related to the online article. Students will take an initial vote on an issue before reading the article. Students will look at the results of the vote.

Students will then read the article with the tablets and discuss the main points of the article as a class. Students will then take a position on the issue presented using evidence from the article as support. Their position may change after reading the article.

Students will then post on a class message board using the tablets. As they post their responses post-reading, the class will review responses and discuss how their positions on an issue changed with more information.

Students will then write a short answer response in which they will write their position, support it with evidence, explain the significance of the evidence and write a concluding statement.
Students will learn how to take a position on current issues and support their ideas with evidence from the text. Students will post ideas on classroom message board (Schoology.com)
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Social Studies, History, Economics, Government, Biology, Health Science.
Students will begin to bring their own articles and issues for discussion.
Materials: Mobile Labs
Other Items: 1 49108, $1769.00 each, total of $1769.00