Structured Academic Discussions: Developing Arguments in the American Government Class.

Abstract: Participate in a simulation of a classroom discussion which uses language frames to support all students in developing and presenting arguments concerning students' legal rights in an American Government course.

Objectives: This workshop will present instructional strategies and a model of how teachers can provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of civics while sharpening their critical thinking and analysis skills through presentation of claims from evidence, and provide feedback to their peers.

Content/Skills: A Structured Academic Discussion is an instructional strategy promoting literacy development and college and career readiness for all 12th grade American Government students. Students are asked to present their own thinking – researched evidence and original claims – in a structured discussion with their peers. A structured academic discussion provides all students, including Special Education and ELs, literacy and language scaffolds allowing them participate in oral discourse in the American Government classroom.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
Government Teachers, Academic Literacy, Oral Discourse
Academic Literacy Summit, UC Davis
Date Text: 
January 2014