Lesson Plan

Can I Have More Pay with that Shake?

Students collaborate to build argument on higher pay for fast-food employees
Rachelle W.
Digital Learning Specialist
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to choose a position on an issue and support that position with evidence from the text.

Students will be able to collaborate and develop their position with peers who share the same position.

Students will work in groups to create a multimedia presentation an audience of their peers that supports their position.

English Language Arts
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Engagement

Prior to the lesson, create a remixed video of fast-food commercials, articles, etc that show the good and bad sides of the fast-food industry using Mozilla Popcorn Maker.  

Show this video to students to "engage" and introduce them to the topic.

2 Exploration

Activity: Other — Writing

Have students complete a Quickwrite: Should fast-food workers earn a living wage?  If necessary, define living wage. This can be a timed writing of 3-7 minutes.  It's just to generate students thoughts on the topic prior to reading and hearing both sides of the issue.

3 Explanation

Activity: Debating

4 Corners Debate Activity: Now,pose the question "Should fast food workers earn a living wage?"and divide the class space into 4 corners: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree.  Have students move to the section of the room that best states their opinion on the issue.  Once students get there have them discuss the reasons they chose this position.  Then, have them appoint a speaker to summarize their perspective in one minute or less.  As the other groups listen, they may be persuaded to change their minds.  If they do want to change their mind, they can move to the new group. However, if they move they need to state why they were persusaded to change their opinion.  

4 Elaboration

Assign students the Newsela article that best fits their reading level.  Have them read the article on "Should Fast-Food workers earn a living wage?"  The title may be different based on the reading level.  

5 Evaluation

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Once students complete the quick comprehension check in Newsela, do another 4 Corners Debate activitiy.  Have students get in the corner of the room that now best supports their position.  Students are now to work within those groups to develop and create a multimedia presentation to support their position.  They may choose from any of the suggested applications above or a different one.