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Gateway Activity. SAC: Cloning. Who and What I Will be Teaching. 8 th grade Language Arts I teach in a suburban middle school, mainly middle class, split fairly evenly between males and females

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Gateway activity

Gateway Activity

SAC: Cloning

Who and what i will be teaching
Who and What I Will be Teaching

  • 8th grade Language Arts

  • I teach in a suburban middle school, mainly middle class, split fairly evenly between males and females

  • The students are mostly Caucasian, with about 10% Latino, 5% Asian, and less than 3% African American

  • I will focus on two common core standards for 8th graders:

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.3: Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and evaluating when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.4: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye-contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


  • This will be good for them to learn public speaking skills

  • Assessed on adherence to standards

  • More focus on the skills involved than the actual content

  • Students will be required to read material and find main points, synthesize arguments, and identify counterarguments; speak coherently with appropriate volume and eye contact

  • We have worked at pulling main points from texts

  • We have talked about rules for discussion

  • They have never done a SAC

  • They will need to go over protocol, and will probably need a lot of assistance over the three days that we do the SAC

  • Opinions over doing it perfectly


  • Cloning

  • Over the first three days of the unit

  • Day 1: Introduction, protocol

  • Day 2: Reading and researching, graphic organizer

  • Day 3: SAC and debrief