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 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.1A and B
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.A
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.B
Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.C
Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1.D
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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