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Tearing Down Statues

Mini-Debates

High Int

In this lesson, students read about the toppling and removal of controversial statues sparked by the killing of George Floyd. Students discuss the purpose of monuments honoring historical figures. Useful expressions for debates are included.

Printable Lesson

PDFs:

  • 1.5–2 hours
  • 6 pages
Tasks
  • warm-up
  • reading
  • comprehension
  • vocabulary review
  • discussion
  • debate
  • critical thinking
  • useful expressions and transitions
Vocabulary
  • controversial
  • brutality
  • oppression
  • median
  • congregate
  • topple
  • graffiti
  • cite
  • compassion
  • supremacist
  • Indigenous
  • vandalize
Tasks

Launch

Due

Answer Key

  • Warm-Up

  • Vocabulary Preview A

  • Vocabulary Preview B

  • Read & Listen

  • Quote

  • Comprehension

  • Vocabulary Review A

  • Vocabulary Review B

  • Discussion

  • Sentence Stems for Debating

  • Debate #1

  • Debate #2

  • Written Response