4th Grade, Boston
Developing a Position
Word Generation Elementary
Topic: School Uniforms
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Preparing students for discussion
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Ms. Conaway introduces the debate topic. Students around the circle share their perspectives.
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Students respond to other’s perspectives and/or further support for their own perspective.
09:03 - Student references another’s perspective.
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00:00 - Ms. Conaway asks student about how previous assertion supports his perspective.
01:13 - She reminds students to ground their arguments in the their previous research.
02:35 - She questions a student’s assertion.
03:35 - She relates a familiar experience to the topic.
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00:00 - Ms. Conaway wraps up discussion and questions students about their experience… if their minds have changed, etc.
05:12 - She identifies some common themes that arose in their debate.
05:55 - She explains that next students will go back to their desks and write out their final perspective on the debate.
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Ms. Conaway asks students to share their current, and in some cases revised, perspectives on the topic.
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00:00 - Ms. Conaway introduces a new question: Does arguing make you smarter? She then asks students to write their positions in their notebooks.
00:48 - She asks students to share their ideas.