Tug for Truth: Pictures of Practice
Using the routine to explore a truth claim
Lotta Norell's 7th graders have been thinking about the concept of truth as they learn about and practice how to debate. Students in this class used the Tug of War routine to debate the claim "Computer games make children violent."
Students first used the think, pair, share routine to develop their ideas. Then, as students began to palce their post-it notes onthe rope, they found out that some of the ideas would not fit on neatly on true or false, but needed to be somewhere in the middle. Scroll down to see student responses. When all ideas were resprented and the tug of war was complete, the group looked over the documentation on the board and the agreed that there were a lot of things to think of before you come to a conclusion that something is true or not. Although some students changed their mind after this discussion he claim that video games make children violent remained undecided.
The lesson was continued by staging an actual debate around the same topis. The students created two groups representing both sides of the tug of war, with one student acting as a moderator. Students were able to find arguments around this statement and understoond how important the "what if” questions can be. They could see the problem from different viewpoints – for example a young child´s or a parents.
Depends on how the game is constructed
What your friends are like
Depends on how your parents act on your behavior
How much a child watches TV
How you look at computer games
How often you play