Minimum Wage Debate: Middle School

Raising the Minimum Wage

Living wage is a growing debate.Students will decide whether the minimum wage should be increased to $15 an hour or not.  Students will use graphs and evidence fro the article to establish a claim. Why could this be beneficial to people?  How might this be harmful? To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • ELA: Arguments and Claims, Multimedia 
  • Math: Statistics and Probability, Number Sense 

Newsela Article

Learning Objective

  • Today I am learning…to support a claim with relevant details from a text.
  • So I can…identify 3-5 strongest reasons that support the claim.
  • I know I understand when…I can identify strong evidence in a text.
  • Students will be able to…support my position with at least 3 relevant details from a text.

Learning Standard

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1.B
Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

CCSS. ELA-WRITING/RESEARCH W.7
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

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