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Issues Presentations


English Language Arts (2005), English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


Students work in groups of four. Each group is assigned an issue of concern to the school community. For example; the book bag ban, the dress code, the quality of school lunch food, the need for metal detectors, etc. Group members first agree on the side or stand they will take, then brainstorm the main arguments supporting that stance. They also brainstorm anticipated objections and propose counter arguments. Groups give ten minute presentations and then field questions from the class.


  • Written notes/outline for presentation; 25 pts
  • Oral presentation; 25 pts
  • Ability to field questions; 25 pts
  • Participation/questions posed as part of listening group; 25 pts
  • Duration

    3-4 periods

    Essential Question

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

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