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Lesson Plan: Should Your Parents Track Your Location?

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LEARNING OBJECTIVE

Students will be able to identify and evaluate key points on both sides of a debate.

KEY STANDARDS

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CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

• Use this article to teach students how to evaluate claims and evidence.

• Incorporate this piece into a lesson on argument writing.

Before Reading

1. PREVIEW VOCABULARY
(5 MINUTES)

Pass out the skills sheet Building Vocabulary: Words to Know. Students should refer to that skills sheet while they read the article.

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Read & Analyze

2. INDEPENDENT READING
(10 MINUTES)

Have students read the article on their own, writing down any comments or questions.

3. CLOSE-READING QUESTIONS
(10 MINUTES)

Have students write their answer to each question, or use these prompts to guide a discussion.

• ANALYZING DETAILS: What percent of parents say they use technology to track where their teens are?
(16 percent)

• SUMMARIZE: According to experts, what are some of the reasons parents should—and shouldn’t—track their kids?
(Experts say parents’ main responsibility is to keep their kids safe—and it’s perfectly acceptable to use tracking apps to help them do that. However, other experts say that when parents track their kids, it sends the message that young people can’t be trusted.)

Extend & Assess

4. FEATURED SKILL: EVALUATING ARGUMENTS
Have students complete the skills sheet Evaluating Arguments: What’s Your Opinion?. Go over the answers as a class.

DIFFERENTIATING

Lower Level Have students read the article in small groups, pausing after each section to verbally summarize it.

Higher Level Have students choose a side and come up with their own reasons and evidence to support it, then hold a class debate.

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