Discussion groups in English class

Michael Oher
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  1. To learn how to discuss in small groups and hopefully be able to speak in larger groups later

Teaching methods:

  1. Divide class in groups of 4, each group with two teams. Team a and team b
  2. Give these tasks to the groups to discuss. First 7 minutes to research with computer and take notes on paper.
  3. Close the computers and have a 5 minute discussion staring with 1 minute for each team to present arguments.
  4. Evaluation – who one? Who had the best arguments?
  5. Look at the taxonomy for questions that probe reason and evidence. Could you clarify some of your arguments?

Movie to watch:

  1. The blind side, discuss topic a: African American young men – what are their odds for succeeding in life? Look at school, sport, career, drugs, jail, shootings, gangs?
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