8th Grade Social Studies, Cambridge, MA
Debating the Issue
Word Generation Weekly
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Mr. McClean asks students to interpret editorial cartoons to review the issue of wiretapping. Class discusses legalities related to wiretapping.
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He then asks students to read four debate positions and indicates where the students will move in the classroom when they select positions. He also reminds students to use target words while making points during the debate
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A student states position about notification of wiretapping. Another student rebuts. Class debate continues. Throughout the debate, students select another student to respond or continue. Mr. McClean occasionally interjects to clarify or to encourage students to use the weekly target words.
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Mr. McClean praises class for holding discussion with minimal teacher participation. He also states a few additional points not mentioned in debate, including contrasting views on the secrecy issue.