ACTIVITY: Do you really need extracurriculars?

Florida State Standards:

LAFS.1112.RI.3.7:  Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

LAFS.1112.W.1.1:  Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. a. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence. b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases. c. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims. d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Teacher Needs

            NEXT article, “Do you really need extracurriculars

Laptop/desktop

Internet access

Student Needs

            NEXT article, “Do you really need extracurriculars

Laptop/desktop

            Internet access

            Cell phone that can video presentation

Introduction

Why is the participation in extracurricular activities such an important part of a student’s resume and portfolio?  Many parents as well as students ponder this exact question; while thinking that academics should be front and foremost.

What are your thoughts about participation in extracurricular activities?  Are you for or against participation? What are your reasons, and can you back up those reasons on one side or the other?

Task 1

The school board of the school district in your community has decided to cut the budget for extracurricular activities.  This has brought out both proponents for and those against this action.  The next meeting is scheduled to hear the feelings about this from community members.  The board is looking for those reasons that indicate that extracurricular activities are not essential for students and therefore they should not be funded.  

Choose a side (FOR extracurricular activities or AGAINST extracurricular activities) and create a presentation with your own thoughts and opinions along with research to back up any statistics and facts you might include in your presentation to the school board. 

Task 2

Video your presentation and submit it to your teacher.

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