Taking a Stand
6th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of taking a stand.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about what it means to take a stand and some ways to do so.
• Explore and apply the concepts of the right and wrong ways to take a stand and items you can use when taking a stand.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the definition of taking a stand.
• Orally use words that name the typical methods used by people taking a stand.
• Extend oral vocabulary by learning about how to use language when giving a speech or writing a letter in order to take a stand.
• Use key concept words [argue, conviction, defiance, courage, challenge, goal, speech, demonstration, protest, picket, march, slogan, boycott, segregation, prejudice, civil rights].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about taking a stand:
• What types of situations might cause someone to take a stand.
• What traits are good to have if you're going to take a stand.
• What issues have people taken a stand on throughout history.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What is taking a stand? (arguing an idea you feel strongly about against the ideas of others)
• Ask students:What are some good ways to take a stand? (make a speech, write a letter, lead a boycott, etc.)
• Say: Sometimes people take a stand on what they believe in. There are many different ways to take a stand. Many people became famous after taking a stand. Who are some famous historical figures who have taken stands ? (Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, etc.).
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next five slides showing them different ideas or institutions that people have agreed upon in the past. Always have the students discuss if anyone ever took a stand against these ideas or institutions and how they did so.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students if there's anything they would like to take a stand against. After the second game, encourage them to share their thoughts on these issues with each other, perhaps even debate.
Close• Ask students: If you were taking a stand, what method of protest would you use?
• Summarize for students that people take a stand for what they believe in. You can take a stand by giving a speech, writing a letter, organizing a picket line, or any other kind of protest. Encourage them to present an example of one of these methods to the class.