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The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
Use Tuck Everlasting as a springboard for a debate on big ideas about immortality and the death penalty. Take a week for research and debate by following the steps outlined in this plan. Tapping into technology for help, small groups choose a topic, complete research, prepare presentations, and participate in a final debate. An outline and rubrics are included.
There is no better sight to see than a classroom full of eager young adults, hands raised high, eager to jump into a class discussion. Get your class identifying and discussing rhetorical strategies and then debating long into the night with this current events-centered lesson plan.
For a comprehensive overview of debate styles and formats, look at this resource. It details the Lincoln-Douglas debate format (one-to-one debate with specific, timed rounds of points, cross-examination, and rebuttals). You can also find links to lessons about the actual Lincoln-Douglas debates, several other debate formats, rubrics, and topics.
Synthesizing information from a PBS documentary Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, its companion website, and several other resources (links to which are provided), high schoolers evaluate whether Bunche did all he could to advance the Civil Rights Movement. They choose a side and develop their arguments for a class debate. Resource offers a model for developing a position and participating in debates about issues or current events.
Groups of learners investigate the persuasive genre of writing as they research and present on an issue. They research the Internet (possible websites are included) for a topic and locate information to present to the opposing team. In teams, they present their debate and look for connections to the novel A Raisin in the Sun.
Building an argument with supporting evidence is a vital skill. Learners engage in a debate over the annexation of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. They take on the perspective of an individual from that time period, analyze primary source documents, and use evidence to build a strong argument. Everything required for this lesson is included.
Scholars assess how word choice and linguistic patterns affect a presidential debate. They examine candidates' words for repetition and analyze what this repetition means. Then they locate countries that fit the expression free world. In the end, they participate in a round table discussion.
Students examine the opposing arguments of the isolationists and internationalists in 1941. In this debate lesson, the students are divided into two opposing groups representing a position in a live, in- class debate. After the debate, students also examine an interactive and are required to write a summative five paragraph essay justifying the point of view of each opposing argument
Good debate topics are hard to find. Some of the best emerge from what is being taught. (For example, while studying WWII, one could ask if the United States should have bombed Japan.) Others are more student-centered, like why do we have a dress code? Once a topic is selected, the real work begins. This resource outlines the procedure for setting up a successful debate with particular attention paid to how to support a stance.
Middle and high schoolers debate colleges' right to grant admissions based on legacy status. This point-of-view lesson plan uses a column from the New York Times about college admission policies as a springboard for a student debate. Pupils write in journals, participate in whole-class discussion, and then are divided into debate teams which must defend an assigned viewpoint.
Should Internet users who send data-heavy content pay higher fees than those who are involved in activities, like sending an email, that have less content? This question is at the heart of the Net Neutrality debate. After watching a PBS video about Net Neutrality legislation, participants search the Internet for additional information on the topic, and craft a one-page persuasive editorial that expresses their position on the issue.