End of Unit Assessment: Presentation of Position

What is the difference between formal and informal language? Pupils rewrite their position speeches to adapt them for an audience of adults. Next, they present their speeches in small groups, attempting to answer the question, "Which food chain would best feed everyone in the United States? "

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Review the four food chains from Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Find several examples of formal language for students to use as a guide for their speeches
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the final lesson from the consecutive 17-part Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 2 series
  • Provides strategies for differentiation
  • Includes a position speech rubric for teacher reference
  • None
Common Core