Teachers' Domain, Fact and Opinion: Parents, Teens, and Texting, published December 5, 2011, retrieved on ,
In this self-paced literacy lesson, students watch videos by and about teens for whom texting is a part of daily life. They then evaluate several sets of statistics about texting and use those facts to form an opinion on issues regarding texting, such as whether parents are justified in reading their teens’ texts. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore an English language arts focus on evaluating and interpreting facts to form an opinion. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. When they are finished, students select and complete a writing assignment offline.
This is a student-directed lesson. Students will complete the lesson online, then print a summary of their notes and interactive activity results. Students can use this printout for reference when completing the final writing assignment offline.
Download and print the Fact and Opinion: Parents, Teens, and Texting—Teacher's Guide (PDF) for essential background information and suggestions for ways to support the lesson.
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