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We only have three weeks left of school, and I'm looking for some fun lessons for my 8th Grade ELA classes. We will be finishing our Argumentative Writing Unit next week, and I haven't really thought about what I'm doing the next two weeks besides prepare them for finals!!

May 2, 2014 10:03am

End of Year Ideas

  • English Language Arts
  • 7-12
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    • May 2, 2014 2:09pm

      Thank you Katie!!! I just checked out your website…awesome stuff!

      • May 3, 2014 11:20am

        Katie's projects do look awesome! I'm just a second grade teacher, but I thought I'd pass on what my 8th grade son brought up. 8th graders love to argue. His classmates are all planning to go off to various high schools, but the key thing they have in common is that they all received summer reading lists from their prospective schools. They were split on the value of having homework on "their time" so the teacher ran with it and let them make their cases. His class spent a whole day debating this informally, but it could be easily formalized.

        • May 4, 2014 7:25pm

          I really like mock trials for working on argument in a different approach. Kids really get into it, and they have to comb through the witness statements to get at the evidence they need to prove guilt or defend innocence, and it's great for teaching them how to get at the questions they need to ask to draw out that evidence. Plus the closing arguments are a great way of practicing claim/evidence.