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Fishbowls: A Common Core Lesson
Transcript of Fishbowls: A Common Core Lesson
English 9 Discussion technique pairing a controversial, scientific, or scholarly topic with small group and large group evaluation
=small group in center of the room (4-5 students seems to work best) Teaches students independent research, vocabulary, and presentation skills
Gives students immediate feedback on everything from speaking to the strength of their arguments to their verbal body language (gum chewing, playing with hair, foot tapping)
Gain confidence in small group setting as a speaker
See the value in intellectual discussion, collaboration, and presentation of factual information. Preparing for a fishbowl How does it meet the Common Core? An Example: What is a Fishbowl? 30 Photo credits: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr Students volunteer ahead of time and are given the topic as well as at least two articles/resources to examine (they can find more sources on their own as needed!)
Two weeks prep time
Meeting outside of class is a good idea
Students’ arguments are not scripted; they inform their group members of which side they will be taking and which articles they will reference but not of their actual evidence Implications for fishbowls What it looks like! Topic: Television and video game violence and whether it affects children and teens Try a fishbowl in your class and you'll be amazed at what your kids can do! RI.9-10.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [FISH]
RI.9-10.8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning. [FISH/BOWL]
SL.9-10.3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence. [BOWL]