School Food Debate: Middle School

Is the Classroom Also a Breakfast Room?

Should students be allowed to eat in the classroom? After reading an article about school cafeteria food, students will take a stand and debate their opinions.To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections

  • English: Arguments and Claims, Text Evidence, Speaking and Listening

Newsela Article

Learning Objective

  • Today I am learning…to determine the value of breakfast at school.
  • So I can…articulate my point of view in a debate.
  • I know I understand when...I am able to convince others to understand my argument using evidence from a text.

Learning Standards 

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Introduce claim(s) and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

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

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

DOK Levels II, III (Skill/Concept and Strategic Thinking)

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