In "The Fog," Taylor leaves work only to hit something in the road . . . or does he? Perhaps, Taylor is not a he at all. Students are asked to answer questions after the story with a True, False, or Can't Tell. Next, the students debate the answer.
"The Fog" may be used with multiple grades. Although I originally wrote it for fifth graders, I had a blast listening to the discussion from a high school group. They took my little story to an entirely new level.
This would be a great activity once the textbooks are collected. Critical reading stories sell for $1.25.
If "The Fog" is a bit too advanced for your students, here is another critical thinking story about a ride failing at Disney. "A Day at Disney" works well with your bright primary students as well as elementary kids. It is also a gateway for accountable talk.
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By Joyce Lansky