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The Learning Network: 8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills
Short documentary films can stir up ideas in the classroom to get students discussing, debating, thinking and writing. And, they can serve as a refreshing break from print media to help students explore curriculum themes and practice important literacy skills.
In this unit plan, an eighth-grade English teacher pushes her students to think deeply about what makes a good argument through an analysis of logos, pathos and ethos before conducting their own research and constructing their own editorial position.