The aim of the activity is to stimulate the students to express their opinions but to support them with logical arguments. The activity can be developed in Religious Education classes, too, as the curriculum of these subjects allow these themes.
At the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:
- Enumerate theories about the apparition of Life and the World
- Formulate at least one argument in favour of the affirmation they make.
- Make group decisions
- Evaluate arguments brought by colleagues
The teacher mentions the main theories about the apparition of the world and Life and the explains to the students the way in which the activity is going to happen. In this particular case, the script is like an open trial held in order to establish the truth and the students will be the witnesses of one of the sides or judges of the case.
5 minutes – Brainstorming: the teacher asks the students to bring arguments pro and against each side on the apparition of Life and World.
15 minutes – Negotiating within the teams and choosing 3 strong arguments – the teacher splits the class in 3 groups by counting heads (1,2,3) group 1 in favour of the scientific theory, group 2 in favour of God creating the World and group 3 the Jury, asking each group to pick a name for themselves. Each team will choose 3 strong arguments, pro their theory and against the other, while the jury will choose only 2 but for each theory, so a total of 4.
20 minutes – Presentation of arguments Teams present their arguments in turns. The jury will evaluate them as they speak, considering the coincidence with their choices of arguments, too.
5 minutes – Evaluation of activity: on individual tables that will be posted in the corner where the verdict is given.
The Jury will grant an extra point for the arguments that coincide with theirs.