Sample Responses

List at least one Speaking and Listening Standard that the SAC strategy addresses.

S.11–12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on- one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

How can Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) be modified to support ELs and/or students with disabilities?

English Learners, some students with disabilities, and struggling readers can be helped with vocabulary and academic language, by providing glossaries of key terms and assistance in breaking down the language of key sentences. Also, providing students with graphic organizers to organize evidence and claims from the documents for each position will help students track ideas throughout their work.

Teaching students how to use the Response Protocols and/or the Kagan Structures for English Learners, as mentioned in unit 2.11, will help all students, especially ELs and students with disabilities, participate in collaborative discussions.