Ep 152: Silent Debates: Your New Favorite Discussion Activity - EB Academics

Ep 152: Silent Debates: Your New Favorite Discussion Activity

They say silence is golden, and with this activity, that’s definitely true! Join Caitlin and Jessica as they explain how silent debates actually amplify your students’ voices as they improve argumentative and writing skills. The activity is easy to set up, and they will show you how!

Cailtin and Jessica will go through each step of this activity, from creating the questions to wrapping up the debate. They’ll also show you how to elevate the activity to challenge high-level or older students.

This is definitely an activity you’ll want in your teacher toolbox. The bonus? You can use it over and over all year, as students improve their argumentative and writing skills. This episode is a must-listen if you’re looking for a new discussion activity that reaches a wide variety of students, so be sure to listen in!

Tune in now to hear:

  • [01:00] Introduction to silent debates — they’re easy to set up and can be used with any text in any genre!
  • [02:00] How to set up a silent debate: creating 5-8 questions and displaying them
  • [03:30] EB Teachers: Critical Thinking Task Cards in the EB Teacher’s Shop are a great resource for questions
  • [03:30] The student procedures for the silent debate 
  • [04:30] Expectations for students’ arguments and responses
  • [06:50] After the debate: the whole-class wrap-up discussion
  • [08:00] Ways to elevate the silent debate for higher level classer or older students 
  • [08:30] Benefits of silent debates — reaching the quieter students and improving written skills
  • [10:30] Using silent debates to practice writing counterclaims
  • [10:50] Question examples with O. Henry’s “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen”
  • [13:20] Looking for more great resources and  teacher support? Join the EB Teacher’s Club family. Request an invite here

Join Caitlin and Jessica next time as they welcome Melissa Kruse from Reading and Writing Haven, as she talks about why she doesn’t use reading logs with students.

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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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