Four Corners can also be used as a pre-writing activity.

Place the four signs (Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree) around the room, one in each corner. Chewing gum should be banned from schools. A healthcare bill where the very rich are taxed to pay for the costs is fair. Four Corners promotes listening, verbal communication, critical thinking, and decision-making. This activity elicits the participation of all students by requiring everyone to take a position. Post the signs in the 4 Corners of the classroom as before. Introduce them to useful phrases "like on one hand...but on the other hand." By using our site, you consent to the use of cookies. The Pledge of Allegiance should be recited in school each day. That is, someone’s race does not influence the way they are treated. If they are in the “Tornado” corner, then students should discuss things that are true for Tornadoes, but not hurricanes.

To begin, either read or discuss a story to elicit the predetermined debate question; if reading “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” for example, the question might be, “Was it OK for Goldilocks to enter the three bears’ house?” Once students identify the question, ask them to plan their arguments and rebuttals using a graphic debate organizer or a sheet of paper with two columns.

This adaptation of Four Corners requires minimal prep and encourages student discussion. Globalization has had only a minimal effect on Spain the past 10 years.

Corner 2: Hurricanes Guide students towards recognizing the importance of cultural diversity. The School District should change their 6-point grading scale to a ten-point, seniors GPA s are more competitive ith other school districts. There are several potential problems that might arise if you do this adaptation. You should have a board marker, a pen, a piece of paper to write your words on, and plenty of room in the classroom for students. This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages. You’ll need sheets of paper and writing utensils. Introduce them to useful phrases "like on one hand...but on the other hand." Instructions: Hopefully, four groups have gathered in different corners of the classroom.

This icebreaker is for all ages, and works well with small and medium groups. Present the controversial statement to the students and give them a few moments to collect their thoughts about it. Beauty is only skin deep. If that is the case, at this point in the activity give students an opportunity to change corners. This activity is ideal for larger classrooms with more space available to move around. English should be the official language of Earth. There should be an international standard of laws with only one system of courts. Along with building debating skills, debate games can prepare students for the debate format, break any undesirable debating patterns students have fallen into and help shy pupils open up in front of their peers.