A routine for exploring the complexity of a dilemma.
This thinking routine is designed to help students examine the many different forces that “tug” opposing sides of a topic. It asks student to look at both sides to find supporting reasons/evidence, without taking a side. This will give them a deeper understanding and appreciation of a dilemma or complex issue instead of just skimming the surface.
How to Use the Strategy:
Refer to pages 199-206 in the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.
Access online instructions here at Harvard Project Zero.
See the routine in practice here at Harvard Project Zero.
Laura Duff of Reuther Middle School uses a Tug-of-War in order for students to determine the genre of a book.
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