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

Support claim(s) with clear reasons and relevant evidence, using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

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