This activity is always a popular one with my students because it’s fun and a little different, and it gives them an opportunity to shine. Each student presents his or her response to a critical-thinking question using a microphone, then passes the mic to another student. My students really enjoy the freedom of running the discussion on their own. I also notice that when students use the mic, they think more carefully about their responses and the rest of the class listens more closely and is very engaged. You can use any long Scope article or story for this activity.
What you’ll need:
- any Scope article or story, such as this one
- any of Scope’s Critical-Thinking Questions, such as these (on the last page)
- poster board
- different colored sticky notes
critical thinking, speaking and listening
One class period (60 minutes)
NOTE: Students are very familiar with the article by the time we do this activity because we have read and discussed the article beforehand.