Is an Extended School Day the Right Choice for Middle School Students?

This Is an Extended School Day the Right Choice for Middle School Students? lesson plan also includes:

Should the school day be extended? Talk about a controversial topic! Before engaging in a fortified conversation about this topic, class members examine a chart that summarizes the views of business and political leaders, teachers, parents, and students for and against the extension of the school day, as well as a fact sheet, and an academic text. Using the provided sentence frames, pairs discuss whether the extended day is the right choice for middle schoolers.

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Pros

  • The sentence frames model for participants how to engage in a fortified discussion
  • By providing class members with data that supports both sides of the question, individuals can focus on using evidence to support their position 
  • Although the lesson can be used independently, the activities would work best if presented in order, as weekly skill-building exercises
Cons

  • Consider concluding the exercise with a full-class discussion of the process