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Issues Dialog


English Language Arts (2005)

Grade Levels

Commencement, 9th Grade

Essential Question

Can you engage in conversations and discussions on academic, technical and community subjects, anticipating listeners needs and skillfully addressing them?


Teacher chooses and introduces a topic of concern within the student community for example, the four-minute passing period. Students imagine they are preparing to meet with the school principal to request an extra minute.
Class brainstorms:

  • The main arguments they would present
  • The principal's anticipated objections
  • Their responses to these objections


1 class


  • Participation in class brainstorming
  • Discussion is graded S/U

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