Top 10 topics to write about/research in 2015-2016

By on October 6, 2015

Every year there are topics that tend to grab the nation's attention. These topics can be political, religious, social, or cultural. The purpose of this eCoach is to connect you to 10 popular topics in 2015-2016 and show you how LiteracyTA can assist you in developing lessons around these topics. Whether you want to assign a writing task, debate, or research project, LiteracyTA's tools and resources can help you plan and implement relevant lessons that will engage students and get them interested in what is happening in America.

Hot Topics:

  1. Gender identity, gender roles, gender norming
  2. Affordable Care Act (Obama care)
  3. Planned Parenthood shutdown
  4. Mars and funding NASA
  5. Voter suppression laws
  6. Pathway to citizenship
  7. Obesity epidemic
  8. School testing (Common Core exams)
  9. Grit and growth mindset
  10. Gun control and active shooters

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Practicing Public Speaking

Engage Students in Debate

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Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital resources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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