Should texting while walking be against the law?
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main ideas and supporting evidence, opinion writing
The debate explains how one city passed a law against crossing the street while looking at a phone, and then presents arguments for and against such a law.
The debate begins by describing a scenario from the second-person point of view, and then it shifts to an informational structure. Reasons for and against a ban on texting and walking are woven throughout the text.
The debate includes a few challenging words, such as engineers and urge, as well as the new/created word hearted. It also contains an example of onomatopoeia and a rhetorical question.
The text refers to Honolulu, Hawaii, and London, England.
1. Preparing to Read
Have students preview the text features. Ask:
2. Reading the Debate
Read the debate as a class or in small groups.
Have students read the debate a second time. Prompt them to mark the types of support the author presents to back up each side, including:
As a class or in groups, have students discuss:
Have students complete the chart in the magazine.
Distribute the activity “Write an Opinion Essay.” The lower-level version guides students to write a three-paragraph essay on the debate topic. The higher-level version prompts them to bring in additional evidence and write six paragraphs, including a rebuttal of the other side. With either version, hand out our Opinion Writing Toolkit, which offers writing tips and transition words.