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Should We Live Forever?

Scientists are predicting that future technologies could radically extend our lives. But is that a good thing? Students will consider both sides of the debate and take a stand.
Key Skills:

supporting an argument; identifying central ideas and supporting details


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Guided Writing:
The Argument Essay

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Editors’s Tip

Pair this debate with middle-school favorite Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt to dive even deeper into questions surrounding aging and immortality.

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