Creating Your Own Town Hall Poster

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Middle and high schoolers are walking into a world rife with strong political viewpoints and vocal opinions. Help to prepare them for controversial discussions with a instructional activity in which they choose, research, and learn more about a controversial topic. Individuals then create posters based on a model and write a balanced summary of the issue.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the poster onto a whiteboard for the class to examine together
  • Divide the class into groups and have them choose a controversial topic to research
  • Expand the project; prompt individuals to find different ways their topic is represented in the news media
  • For younger learners, focus on school policies or local legislature to keep the discussion from getting unwieldy
  • Connect the lesson between social studies and language arts to address all standards
Classroom Considerations

  • Establish a protocol for respectful discussion of controversial issues before beginning the project
Pros

  • Incorporates discussion, writing, research, and presentation skills into one project-based lesson
  • Allows learners to elaborate upon their opinions by encouraging them to support those opinions with evidence
Cons

  • None