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Form a Valid Opinion

Have groups share their lists with the class. Poll the class again to see how students feel about the topic. Did conducting research affect the results? Why? Encourage students to use what they learned to support their opinions.

PROCESS:

  1. Select a current event or technological breakthrough related to a topic you are studying in class. Discuss with students what this event or breakthrough means and what it signifies for the future. Poll the class to see if students think the change is important. Does it even matter?
  2. Remind the class that it’s important to make informed decisions, and informed decisions come through research. As a class, in groups, or with a partner, encourage students to conduct research to learn more about the topic.
  3. Rejoin as a class. Encourage students to discuss what they learned. Then challenge them to each create a list outlining the pros and cons of the event or breakthrough. 

ASSESSMENT:

Have groups share their lists with the class. Poll the class again to see how students feel about the topic. Did conducting research affect the results? Why? Encourage students to use what they learned to support their opinions.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As you review students’ lists, instruct students to circle the items that had the most influence on their opinions. Encourage students to explain why they thought these items were important and how they helped them form a valid opinion on the topic. 

Grades 5-6:
As students share their opinions, encourage them to identify each source where they got the information. Discuss the importance of using reliable sources when conducting research and evaluate the credibility of each source used.

Grades 7-8:
Instruct students to use their lists as an outline while they draft a short opinion piece on the topic. Invite students to share their essays in small groups. Encourage group members to listen closely and evaluate how well each student used facts to support his or her opinion.

Grades 9-10:
Instruct students to use their lists as an outline while they draft a short opinion piece on the topic. Invite students to share their essays in small groups. Encourage group members to listen closely and evaluate how well each student used facts to support his or her opinion. Then divide the class into two groups with opposing views. Encourage students to use their opinion pieces as support while the class debates the issue.