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High schoolers examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public. To end the lesson, they read articles from veterns who suffer from the disease.
Examine several key issues covered in the October 8, 2004, presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Young readers analyze the opponents' use of both fact and opinion in their arguments. Use the lesson to reinforce the importance of acknowledging opposing claims in writing.
Students take a medical issue and explore it, debate it, and convince others of their point of view. They improve research skills and writing skills. Students are able to define a problem, debate it, and identify which is the best argument are all skills that can help in medical or life decisions.
After researching recent community or political issues, paired with a review of proper debate format, class members select a topic, adopt a side, and prepare for a debate. The value in this resource is the review of debate procedures, the assessment tools, and extensions. Web links are included.
Learners, in groups, research and prepare a debate regarding various bioethical situations. After the debates, each student prepares a ortfolio outlining their own personal opinions.
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.
Should the student population wear uniforms to school? Pupils express whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with a controversial statement, moving to a designated corner of the room to indicate their stance. They discuss their positions within like-minded groups and present reasons to the class. Finally each class member crafts a paragraph defending their position. Link to debate topics, included, leads to a host of other debate-supportive resources. 
High schoolers prepare for and hold a classroom debate via typed text on a literary topic. Two groups conduct an iChat debate using iChat AV software to document the debate as it happens. Pupils conduct a post-debate analysis of the debate an iChat text transcript.
Learners analyze the effects of Shays' Rebellion. In this Shays' Rebellion lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the rebellion and the events that led to it. Learners respond to discussion questions and participate in a debate activity regarding Daniel Shays.
Tenth graders analyze an issue discussing the rights of citizens. They debate after they have formed an opinion and argue the points and evaluate who had the stronger argument.
Students, in groups, complete a WebQuest titled "Love Canal Debate". They follow the WebQuest to research and write papers on different points of view regarding the Love Canal environmental disaster.
Students examine both sides of arguments surrounding given debates. They use the internet and other research to collect information to support their stand on the controversial issue. Students debate their chosen topic. This lesson plans lists 31 different debate topics which include, but are not limited to, war, vegetarians, income tax, military, cloning, global warming, space travel, suicide and more.
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
Was the atomic bombing of Japan ethical? After crafting a personal journal response to the question, class members are assigned a position and provided with primary source documents that prepare them to engage in a "Structured Academic Controversy." At the conclusion of the debate, individuals revisit their initial stance, and using evidence from the source material, craft a formal position paper on the question.

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Set your environmental studies class up to debate a current topic regarding your choice of six suggested statements about energy use in the United States. Teams read material that you have gathered and then form their arguments. The lesson outline explains the benefits of holding a classroom debate and provides a procedure. Though the reading material for the teams is not provided, the six suggested statements are pertinent to global concerns, so it should be easy to locate related reading material. 
Grab a debatable (or controversial) moment from your current reading, and use this task to progress the persuasive writing skills of your high school scholars. Divide your learners into four small groups and let them collaborate, debate, and produce the support they need for their writing. The resource provides solid ideas on how to present and organize the persuasive writing essay and includes a worksheet for the group effort.    
Journal reflections are a great way to make personal connections to characters and events. Readers of Their Eyes Were Watching God are offered a menu of journal topics designed for each chapter in the novel. They ponder why Janie leaves with Joe. Debate whether or not ethnic slurs should appear in literature. Describe their own dreams for the future. Each prompt encourages pupils to think deeply about issues raised by Hurston's story.
Don't let the date deter you from looking at this resource. Although the subject matter is the 2010 midterm elections, class members study the rhetoric candidates used and the predictions the press made about the influence of the Tea Party and the outcome of the election. Class members could evaluate the effectiveness of campaign slogans and the influence of the issues on the now-known results.
Pupils prepare for an participate in a debate. They watch instructional videos on how debates proceed. Pupils work in teams to research various topics, present their opinions on the issue, and respond to opposing viewpoints during a debate session. Everyone follows a specific debate procedure.
Students work together to research issues surrounding World War II. They review the decisions that were made at the time. They participate in a debate and how those decisions maintained world peace.

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