In today’s episode, Caitlin and Jessica dive into an engaging activity that will have your students strategizing and debating on an uninhabited island. But don’t worry, there’s no plane crash involved! We’ll be discussing the details of this exciting back-to-school activity and how it fosters skills like justification, evidence-based thinking, and critical analysis.
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- [00:01:14] In this episode, Caitlin and Jessica discuss an engaging back-to-school activity called “Surviving on a Deserted Island.” Students work in groups to decide the fate of ten characters stranded on an uninhabited island. They must justify their choices in writing and engage in critical thinking and lively discussions. The activity is designed to encourage students to practice justification skills and create an engaging learning environment.
- [00:05:49] Within this activity, students will read bios for ten passengers stranded on an island. Students debate who should be rescued first.
- [00:08:33] Questions are provided to guide the students’ discussion. After discussing their thoughts with each other, students will then write claims, premises, evidence, and justification to support their positions. The activity promotes evidence-based analysis and lively discussion.
- [00:14:00] This activity is a great way to not only build class culture but also prepare students for evidence-based writing activities throughout the school year.
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