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SAVY 2019: Session 6, Day 3 – The Great Debate (Rising 3rd/4th)

Posted by on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

What an amazing third day! We spent the morning analyzing primary source writing from multiple perspectives about “Is Civil Disobedience Ever Justified as a Method of Political Change?”. The analysis included a scavenger hunt where her students were to find as much evidence as they could where the author used the rhetorical devices of ethos, pathos, and logos.  Because the students were working in groups, they were able to discuss how evidence from the text could be evidence for multiple rhetorical devices. We then used the evidence they gathered to begin creating a concept map that will be used and added to during the remainder of the week. Because this was the second day using this strategy, the students did a great job and were able to dive deeper into the issues at the heart of the text.  We used the same primary resources to create a Reasoning About a Situation chart. The students were given the option to complete the chart with a group or independently. I loved seeing some students tackling this task on their own!!  I am so impressed with the level of thinking exhibited by the students!! It is evident that they are internalizing the information and are able to apply what they learned in an abstract way. The students were also given more time to research and begin writing on  their issue in preparation for Friday’s speeches. Finally, students worked in groups of 3 to design and present a skit based on one of the historical subjects we read this week. They were to become the three rhetorical devices and present the sides of the issue to the group. I loved watching the creativity exhibited by all the students!! There was so much engagement today during our activities! They really enjoyed being given a difficult task and working through it together. I am so excited to have more practice tomorrow!!

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