Game On... or Game Over?
Are video games a brain drain -- or a great way to train your brain?
Learning Objectives
  • Students will generate their opinion of harmful or beneficial effects on the brain.
  • Students will read and mark text to analyze the elements of a justification.
  • Students will write a justification that includes a topic sentence, reasons, evidence, a concluding sentence, and precise academic words.


ELA-W.7.1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Production and Distribution of Writing
ELA-W.7.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 13 above.)
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
ELA-W.7.7. Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.