Year-End Roundup, 2016-17 | Questions for Writing and Discussion

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By the Learning Network, June 15, 2017

Teachers,

This is a fantastic list of questions you might ask to get your students writing.

For eight years, we have asked a fresh Student Opinion question every weekday. Each June, just as we do with lesson plans, we round them all up and post them in one place.
Below are the 179 questions we’ve asked between September 2016 and June 2017, all still open to comment by any student 13 or older. Each question is based on — and linked to — articles, videos and images from The New York Times, and each Times article is accessible without a digital subscription. This list is also available by PDF, here.Students can use these questions to practice writing persuasively or creatively, or as inspiration for our contests. Teachers might use these prompts as jumping-off points for class discussions, as part of their lesson plans, or as encouragement for their students to engage with what’s happening in the world.
At the end of this post we feature our Civil Conversation Challenge lessons, a special student forum and contest held this school year to encourage respectful discourse about some of the biggest issues dividing Americans today, including immigration, guns, climate control, and race, gender and identity.

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