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Rivers and the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Damming rivers has been a case of necessity versus negative environmental impact since the process began. Kids take on the role of a stakeholder in the proposed damming of the Danube River. They begin by reading arguments for and against...
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Globalization Comes to the Table

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, in groups, research the issues surrounding one of several controversies involving food and globalization. Then they debate their position and show a PowerPoint presentation at a mock summit meeting.
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Stage a Debate: A Primer for Teachers (Lincoln-Douglas Debate Format)

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
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...
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Immigration and Prohibition

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A comprehensive look at the prohibition debate through the lens of immigration gives scholars intriguing material for a debate and essay of their own. They watch four video clips (find these on the PBS website), discussing issues in...
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Whose Rite Is It?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The class explores and debates, from multiple perspectives, a petition to allow Hopi Indians to take golden eagle hatchlings from a federal wildlife sanctuary for use in a religious ceremony. Pupils defend their personal views on the...
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Diving into Iceland's Genetic Pool

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Investigate ethical issues surrounding the Decode project in Iceland. Middle and high schoolers take the positions of the Icelandic government, scientific researchers, and citizens and defend or refute the Decode project in a Reykjavik...
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Role Play Debate

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Suggested topics for a role play debate include school uniforms and culpability for drunk driving, but any issue of interest to your class will work. What are the hot issues in your community or on the news right now? Class members...
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Debates on Persuasive Language That Extend Outside of Class

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Wild Horses

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What a terrific resource! This presentation focuses on wild horses and what should be done about them. While the questions found in the presentation focus on grammar and comprehension, this set of slides could do so much more. Learners...
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Noteworthy?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Why do we have CliffsNotes? SparkNotes? Middle and high schoolers examine arguments for and against the recent influx of book notes, or study guides. They stage a debate in which they represent Advocates For or Critics Against the use of...
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Individuality vs. Conformity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Spark an animated debate in your class! Young adults consider some of the fads or trends that are prevalent at their school, as well as their own level of participation in them. Just how much of a role does popular culture play in their...
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A Mock Town Meeting on a Proposed Tank Farm

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Intended as a follow up to the Protecting Your Drinking Water activity, young environmentalists use their assessment of the a hypothetical town's water supply to debate the installation of underground chemical storage tanks. With the...
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So You Think You Can Argue

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
What defines an argument, and how can someone properly formulate a counterargument? This resource provides two options—an interactive PowerPoint presentation or worksheet—that will support your learners as they begin to explore how to...
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Collateral Damage? Researching a Connection Between Video Games and Violence

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Hook your class into an exploration of and discussion about violence in video games with a cute animal clip and a video game trailer. After a quick discussion about how media can affect mood, class members read a related article and...
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Debate Notes Worksheet

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Whether your young orators are preparing for an in-class debate, or you are presenting a video of a debate to your class, this is an easy-to-use template that will help them organize the major arguments of each debate position, as well...
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Tuck Everlasting: Debate Activity

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Moore vs. Livingston:Who Really Wrote 'The Night Before Christmas'

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research an author and gather information that seems to support that person as author of The Night Before Christmas. They work in groups to gather the most solid evidence and they write a persuasive essay presenting their argument.
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Goodbye Grandpa: Special Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is the focus of the activities that accompany student Jeremy Zinn’s short story, “Goodbye, Grandpa.”  Readers engage in a discussion and debate about the nature of character change and motivation...
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Analyzing A Writer's Stance: Defending Points of View in a Debate

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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....
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The New England Fishing Industry:Sea Changes in a Community

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Explore New England's economic and cultural past and possible issues New Englanders will face in the future. Middle and high schoolers research the fishing industry and the need for regulation. They analyze the topography of New England...
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Weighing the War

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Study opposing viewpoints with this lesson, which examines President Bush's September 2004 address at the United Nations. Middle schoolers study the text of the address, and then stage formal debates arguing for or against the reasons to...
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Four Corners Debate

For Teachers K - 12th
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....
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Inner Circle/Outer Circle Debate Strategy

For Teachers 3rd - Higher Ed
Arranged in facing concentric circles, half the class discusses an issue. The other half of the class takes notes which are then used to fuel a class discussion and to prepare editorial opinions on the topic at hand. So much emphasis is...
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Using Fairy Tales to Debate Ethics

For Teachers K - 8th
Is trickery ever justified? Is it okay to steal from someone who has stolen from you? Puss, from Puss in Boots, and Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, might have some ideas about these ethical questions. After listening to a series of...
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And Your Point Is . . .? Part II

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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,...
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Cyberbullying and the Law

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Dealing with the very topical subject of cyberbullying, this lesson plan will surely create some engaged discussion in your classroom. Young learners discuss the laws concerning cyberbullying in Canada, and then respond to a series of...
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Persuasive Writing I

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Examine the characteristics of an effective persuasive paper. In a group, eighth graders discuss the analogy of a debate being like a persuasive paper. After brainstorming topics, they write an argument and then debate it. Secretly, the...
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Sustainable Development

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Young environmentalists use a conference format to reach consensus on ways to slow deforestation and promote sustainable development. Class members are assigned roles to play during the conference, and work on posters and a public...
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Decision Making: Who Was Right?

For Teachers 3rd - 4th Standards
Help your class explore the question "Is it ever right to disobey a law?" With a strong base of knowledge about the Civil War, anti-slavery movement, and Underground Railroad, your class explores civil disobedience in Marshall, Michigan...
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Debate: Natural Resources- Which Are Most Valuable to the State

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Class members are each assigned a state's natural resource to research. In pairs, they engage in silent debates: they pass a paper back and forth, writing a line on each turn about why their resource is most important. At the end,...
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Media Awareness Network: Hate or Debate?

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Discuss the difference between legitimate debate on a political issue and arguments that are based on hate through a science-fiction scenario that shows how a controversial issue can be discussed in both ways. Then learn how purveyors of...
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Legislation: Passing a Bill in the House of Representatives

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study the concept of legislation as it relates to passing a bill in the House of Representatives. In this legislation: passing a bill in the house of representative lesson plan, students identify why and how bills are introduced...
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Whose History Is It Anyway? Patterns in History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Read and examine primary source material in order to analyze, synthesize, and debate information about the Great Depression. Critical analysts research various source materials related to the Great Depression. They work in teams to...
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Philosophical Chairs Discussion

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Debate music censorship in this discussion lesson. Middle schoolers research and debate whether music with offensive lyrics should have warning labels. They get into groups of disagree, agree, or neutral to debate their opinions. In...
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Romeo and Juliet Debate

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Who is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? After generating a list of the six characters most responsible, class members prepare for and engage in a formal debate. Prior knowledge of basic rules for debate would be necessary.
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Argument: What is Required?

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
The essentials of an argument (claim and support) are examined in a short PowerPoint that also details the structure of the Classical, the Rogerian, and the Toulmin argument. Appropriate for speech and debate classes as well.
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Marching to Freedom: PowerPoint Presentation debating for or against going to war

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders present research on war. In this debate lesson, 4th graders create a power point presentation debating for or against the American Revolution. Students share their presentations with the class.
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DEBATES

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Are you planning a debate for your language arts units? Use this instructional activity to work on debate and discussion procedure, as well as asking thoughtful questions. Middle schoolers work in pairs or small teams to complete...
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Climate Chaos Week

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils research the pros and cons of wind farm technology as an alternative source of energy. The class is divided into two groups that should formulate a debate on each side of the argument. Groups use a debate guide to help develop...
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The Great Debate

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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...
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History and Literature on Trial

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners research a historical event containing a controversial topic. After collecting and organizing information, they develop a presentation for their part in a mock trial. Students perform as the judge, jury, defense, witness, and...
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The Debate over Slavery in the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Secondary learners research the arguments that were used to oppose and support the institution of slavery in the United States. After being assigned either pro- or anti-slavery positions, they compose written arguments and participate in...
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Bring on the World: Thinking about Competition

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Have your learners role-play a debate about this statement: "Competition should be banned." Three class members pose as supporters of the ban and three as opponents. They receive role cards that detail the reasons for their position....
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Persuasive Writing: A Kinesthetic Approach

For Teachers 5th - 10th
For? Against? Or somewhere in between? Faced with a proposition (Students should wear uniforms in school!) pupils position themselves along a continuum. Those for the proposition meet in one corner of the room and prepare their arguments...
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Take a Stand!

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Here is a four-corner debate-style activity specifically geared to election year issues. Learners group themselves according to whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with statements that relate to elections...
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The Boston Massacre

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students debate and study the Boston Massacre. In this historical debate lesson, students research the disputed and agreed upon facts of the Boston Massacre. Students read various articles about the event and complete a learning station...
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Conversation Lesson: Internet Craze

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learning to support your opinions, debate, build arguments, and effectively respect another's point of view are vital skills. Learners work through a series of topics to practice discussion engagement and verbal communication.
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Simulation: Revolutionary Town Hall Meeting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Secondary historians simulate events leading up to the American Revolution. They assume the roles of patriots, loyalists, or neutrals in a town meeting set prior to the Revolution. As Patriots and Loyalists make their arguments, neutrals...
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Issue 1 - Designed to Add Technology Jobs

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research the statewide initiative on the Ohio ballot of 2003. They form teams to debate the issue of using bond proceeds to encourage technology research. The class votes on which individual/team presented the best argument, and...
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Does My Hair Disrupt Your Learning

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research the laws and policies for school dress codes in their school and others in their state or area and explore what others say about these policies. After research is complete, students divide into two teams to develop...
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Body Shields: Peaceful Protesters or Iraqi Pawn?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research human shields, mostly European peace activists who stand against war. They guard civilian sites to prevent attack on schools, hospitals, etc. Student research is to include articles by those who support the war as well...
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Pornography Debate

For Teachers 12th
Present your seniors with a controversial topic while studying the first amendment: pornography. This multi-layer resource has scholars writing a pros and cons research paper. They also attend a city council meeting to prepare for an...
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Viewpoint and Persuasive Writing

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Practice persuasive writing skills in this thorough lesson. After selecting issues and discovering viewpoints, middle schoolers write letters or brochures created to express the individual's perspective. The ideas are presented to the...
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It's Up for Debate

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars 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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Telemarketers Rights and Yours

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students research the controversy of whether or not the National Do Not Call Registry is constitutional, and then hold a class debate. Students research the National Do Not Call Registry, the FTC, the FCC, and the most current status of...
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Environmental Action

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers debate one another. In this pollution lesson plan, pupils work in teams to debate which is more serious, air or water pollution. They research their topic to come up with valid points to justify their side of the debate.
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WWI Through the Film, Foot Soldiers

For Teachers 9th - 11th
If your historians are watching the History Channel documentary, Foot Soldiers during their WWI unit, this plan has some simple recall questions and one referential/debate question ("What was the worst part of the war?") to ask after...
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Promises, Promises

For Teachers 6th - 7th
If someone breaks a promise, is that person no longer trustworthy? Present your 6th and 7th graders with a series of statements and have them debate their opinions with supporting evidence. As an extension, have your students write a...
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Recycling Who cares?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students participate in activities to understand the feelings of the community about recycling.  For this recycling lesson, students look at opposing views on recycling.
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Let's Be Friends -- North Korea

For Students Pre-K - 6th
For this English worksheet, students discuss North Korea. Students brainstorm, debate, and practice their listening skills with this worksheet.
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Debating Iraq

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the main themes of President Bush's UN Speech and discussion of the NewsHour report on the Iraq Debate. In this debate lesson, students answer pre-listening questions and view a transcript of the speech. In groups of two...
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Human Nature- Good or Evil?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the philosophical nature of good vs. evil. In this literacy/philosophy lesson plan, students read and discuss media articles that illustrate human nature as inherently "good" or "evil." Students practice debating skills...
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European Union and freedom of movement

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students are introduced to the European Union and begin to look inside the significance of the movement. They become familiar with the countries of the EU, gain insight into the concept of "free movement," and research the benefits and...
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The Debate on Slavery

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Young historians research the debate over slavery; some students take the pro-slavery side and others the anti-slavery side. They take the role of a character such as a plantation owner, a legislator, a free Black, a slave, or a northern...
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Statehood for Puerto Rico? You Decide!

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students discuss the legal status of territories, commonwealths, and other jurisdictions and examine the process of moving to statehood. Groups conduct research about the question of statehood for Puerto Rico and share their research in...
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How a Bill Becomes a Law

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in the democratic process and to learn how a bill become a law. Then they write a bill they would like as law in their classroom. Students also form committees that will review the list of bills to determine if they...
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Our Changing View of the Earth

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students explore the theory of Plate Tectonics. They participate in a simulation in which they re-enact the debate over Plate Tectonics vs. traditional beliefs of stationary continents that were widely accepted during the 1800's and...
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This Land Is… Whose Land?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine the territorial issues and perspectives surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They create an outline and point-counterpoint essay illustrating the perspectives surround the Israeli land dispute with the...
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Recommended Reading?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine and defend various positions in the argument over a book ban in the Miami-Dade school system and then write a letter to the Miami-Dade school board expressing their opinion about the issues raised in the debate.
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Purification v. Population: Green v. Gray The Plant Kingdom's Impact on Air Quality

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Learners decide if planting is a solution to air pollution. They participate in a mock trial, using results from research and experiments as evidence that supports their claim.
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Active Voice

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify the qualities that contribute to effective verbal and non-verbal communication. They use those qualities as criteria by which to judge an in-class political debate on education.
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Debating Ethics with Literature

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Use group discussions, analysis, and ethical dilemmas to build critical thinking and an empathetic perspective.
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Debate the Daily Dilemma

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Have your class practice their persuasion skills by participating in a class debate. They will discuss a dilemma and detail each point of view. Divided into both sides of the argument, they work in groups to create a well-rounded...
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Debating the Issues: Ralph Bunche and Civil Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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What's the Fact, Jack?

For Teachers 6th
Learning to recognize the difference between statements of fact and opinion is an essential skill in our media-rich culture. This detailed resource provides your class members with multiple opportunities to practice this skill. A list of...
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Genetic Testing: Road Map or Crystal Ball?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After looking at the many aspects of the issues behind genetic testing, high schoolers are exposed to the pros and cons and must take a stand by writing a position paper. They will view the "Who Gets to Know?" video and/or reading case...
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School Uniforms: Debating the Issue and Creating an Advertisement

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders debate the issue of school uniforms. They research, finding supporting evidence supporting their stance. Using the Lincoln-Douglas form of debate, 5th graders discuss the positive and negative issues of the topic. They...
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School, Unplugged

For Students 8th - 9th
What would school be like if you couldn't teach lessons that require technology? Would it benefit the class? Would it hold them back? Have your learners read this article and answer the basic reading comprehension questions. Then have...
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Identifying, Mapping, and Personifying Countries Involved in WWII

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Get artsy with this WWII group activity, starting with a whole-class assignment. Create a map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific using geometric shapes cut from construction paper and placed on the floor. Consider splitting the...
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It's Up for Debate

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this instructional activity, students investigate the different platforms of each of the Presidential hopefuls for the 2000 election. Small groups each carefully research the platforms of an assigned candidate and then create a...
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For or Against a Law

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students talk with someone at home about their position on a certain law or rule. In this debate lesson, students share their position on a law or rule with an adult at home and write a paragraph about the discussion that followed.
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The Amistad Case: A Mock Trial

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students hold a mock trial. In this Amistad case lesson, students prepare for and participate in a mock trial regarding the Amistad case and determine the fate of the Africans recovered on the ship.
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Argument

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students write and discuss opposing points of view. In this argument instructional activity, students learn to understand what an argument is and they get to argue one side of a disagreement. An alternative written assignment is...
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Making a Formal Argument - "The Most Important Word"

For Students 10th - 11th
In this formal argument worksheet, students learn debate skills by writing a formal argument to the given prompt. Students must be able to state their position, provide points that support their decision, and support each point with...
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Dolphin Dilemma

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
In this argument writing worksheet, students will read a five paragraph argumentative piece about an aquarium and answer 3 questions about the article. The challenge question asks students to write an opposing argument
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How To Argue Without Cheating

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this debate worksheet, students read and learn about the fine points of debate and persuasion. The vocabulary presented and the ideas are quite advanced; premise, conclusion, syllogism, ad homineum, and other difficult terms.
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The Great Kapok Tree Debate

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students participate in a read aloud of the story, "The Great Kapok Tree" in which a logger decides not to cut down a tree. In small groups, they discuss and write about their opinion on the logger's decision. Each group then presents...
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Suspect Sources at the Republican Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore and analyze statements made during a televised presidential debate. In groups, they research and test the validity of the statements made by the presidential contenders. Students examine sources and draw conclusions on...
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Taming the Mighty Dragon

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students incorporate the five themes of geography to study the Yangtze river region. They analyze the possible effects of the three rivers gorge damn project on this area and role play a float the entire length of this dangerous river...
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Growing Voters and Election 2004: Classroom Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the issues and platforms of candidates and separate propaganda from process in order to choose a candidate to support. Students examine political parties and their contributions to shaping the foundation of the...
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The Great Kapok Tree

For Teachers K - 7th
Students read The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. After reading the story, they center on the controversy of destroying the rain forest or conserving it. Students have to make an informed decision about rain forest destruction.
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Controversial Statements

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss and debate controversial statements dealing with stereotypes.
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Falling Apart for Plot

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study the effectiveness of the plot of Things Fall Apart. They complete a story diagram and compete in a debate regarding the effectiveness of the plot of the novel. A very nice, rich language arts activity!
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Argument

For Students 6th - 7th
In this debating worksheet, learners study the titles of the five debates. They write two opposing points of view for each debate. Pupils try to persuade for both sides of the view point.
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Concept Chairs / A Format for Classroom Discussion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the judicial system, its effectiveness, and the many types of justice. They research the judicial system and explore the federal and state court system. Afterward, students read, "To Kill A Mockingbird," and then...
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36 Public Policy Questions to Energize Your Government/History Classroom Debates

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Need topics that are sure to engage your debaters? This list of public policy questions includes such topics as school mascots, regulation of major league baseball, physician-assisted suicide, and violence in video games. A great...
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Creating a Democratic Classroom

For Teachers 7th
Learners read and interpret the Preamble, write a personal response, and generate a set of classroom rules for both students and teacher for the year. After discussion and debate, actual class rules are adopted for the year.
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Four-Corners Debate

For Students 5th - 8th
Use this two page handout to establish the rules for class debate. The four-corners method of debate is one that provides a safe way for learners to engage in a discussion or debate over potentially heated or controversial topics. The...
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Understanding Stereotypes

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Pupils confront age-related stereotypes, explore how stereotyping impacts their lives, and discuss how they can make changes to reduce over-generalizations, unfair assumptions, and critical judgments about people groups. They use a...
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The Power of Television Debate

For Students 8th - 10th
After reading a seven-paragraph selection titled, "The Power of Television Debate," the class completes six comprehension tasks. They answer questions, use new vocabulary and adjectives in sentences, and engage in a debate with a peer. 
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Encouraging Answers

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What is the celebration of Columbus Day really about? Older learners use inquiry-based methods to find out who Columbus really was and what motivated his journeys. They take on the roles of town officials who must consider whether or not...
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Immigration in Spain

For Teachers 11th - 12th
How many people immigrate to Spain illegally each year? Both the United States and Spain see a lot of illegal immigration. Advanced learners will read various articles, compare and contrast the situation in both countries, and discuss...
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Mythology Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students study mythology and take a side to whether they agree or disagree with it. In this mythology lesson students complete a web handout and read from a chapter.
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Globalization conversation

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students have a debate on the concept of globalization. In this globalization lesson plan, students discuss this in English and debate using globalization vocabulary.
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Write On and On: Lesson 1

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders debate one another. In this debate lesson, 6th graders get an issue and are put on teams either for or against it. They give persuasive reasons why others should join their side. 
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Debates In The Middle School Classroom

For Teachers 7th - 8th
All middle schoolers are experienced in some form of debate. Using their natural talent of arguing and challenging authority, we can channel student energy into a positive learning assignment. Debates offer that natural avenue for...
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Debate on China's One Child Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers learn about China's One Child Policy. They read an article about a specific family's experience under the policy (not included) and research and explain the key points of the policy. They assess the pros and cons in a...
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Marvelous Manatees

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Two groups consider whether or not the Florida manatee will become extinct during their lifetimes. They research manatee populations and statistics together and then a class debate is held. Afterwards they consider how reliable their...
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Friday Forum

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Middle schoolers research a variety of controversial articles to gain knowledge. They form an opinion and defend their position with supporting data. They evaluate opposing arguments and present their viewpoint both verbally and in the...
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Iraq: War and Peace Activities

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Hold a debate in this critical thinking and persuasion lesson. First, middle schoolers are divided into two teams. They debate the question, "Can a war ever be just?" Each team presents their side and then a vote is held for the most...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Differing Ideas Frame a Debate

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about the SCHIP Bill and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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The Role of Affirmative Action in the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners debate Affirmative Action. For this Civil Rights lesson students examine the development of affirmative action. Learners discuss whether affirmative action is advancing equality and civil rights or not.
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Wild About Wildfires

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students conduct a debate. In this wildfire and controlled burning lesson, students watch the video "Legacy of Fire" and discuss the topic of wildland fires and controlled burns. Half of the class researches the arguments for these...
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Reconstruction Structured Academic Controversy (SAC)

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars debate whether African Americans were free during Reconstruction. In this debate instructional activity, students use primary documents to support their argument as to whether African American were free during the...
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Who Started World War I?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students debate which power was responsible for the outbreak of World War I. In this cause and effects lesson, students research the causes of the outbreak of World War I on ProQuest in preparation for a (limited) reenactment of the...
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Stamp Stories of Abraham Lincoln

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students build a 5 stamp collection based on the Abraham Lincoln unit theme. In this historical lesson plan, students discuss their collections within their group and build a new collection of 10 stamps. As a class, students debates the...
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Understanding Fallacies

For Students 7th - 10th
In this understanding fallacies worksheet, students explore what fallacies are as they read a brief piece. Students read 5 arguments and reveal whether they show ad hominem or straw man fallacies. Students then rewrite 4 arguments...
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Islam - Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, Panel Debate Teacher's Information

For Students 8th - 10th
For this panel debate worksheet, students argue their assigned character's viewpoint regarding the importance of reading religious material. The worksheet is a guide for teacher's to utilize when holding a panel debate in class.
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"Escuela" Debate

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students observe a documentary on "Escuela" to explore the life and education of migrant families. After discussing the related topics in the movie, students share their conclusions migrant farmworkers. Using the Internet and other...
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Writing an Academic Argument on the House of Lords

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students debate the main roles of the House of Lords and argue whether or not it is necessary. Teams debate the pros and cons of the House of Lords then take a class vote on which side argues it case most persuasively. Using the...
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The Debates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students brainstorm a list of information that voters should know about candidates. In groups, they research their side of an argument in preperation for a debate. After observing media coverage, they compare and contrast the candidates...
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Using the Idea of Debate Through The Internet

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students modify ways to enunciate English words at the sentence level to communicate ideas more effectively. They broaden their perspectives from different point of views in a variety of ways. In addition, they infer ways to find what...
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Interactive Map Activity

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students utilize an interactive map to explore the 1858 Senate campaign in Illinois. They examine how factors such as population, transportation, and party strongholds can affect campaign strategies. Students write an essay discussing...
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Legislative Debate: The Importance and Role of Debate within the Legislative Process

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students learn the legislative process as they debate real-life issues that affect students within their age group. To prepare for the debate, students consult newspapers, selected articles, case studies, and other media resources....
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Planning the Persuasive Paper and Debate

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders work in pairs, using the big six research method, to research a controversial subject of their choosing, write a persuasive paper expressing their views, and then debate with other teams.
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Ratification Debate on the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the U.S. Constitution and are asked to give a speech about what they have found.
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Forensic Colloquium Experience: Debating the Issues

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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...
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Thinking About Hate

For Teachers 8th - 10th
This lesson starts out with a guided discussion about the statement "Birds fly in the sky; airplanes fly in the sky; therefore, airplanes are birds" and goes on to cover logical fallacies and reliable sources, relating these to the topic...
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Fact or Hoax? You Decide.

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students analyze the components of debating and practice what they have learned as they conduct a class debate on the lunar landing. Both sides of the issue are researched and presented to the group.
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Debates On Important Court Cases

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students debate important court cases. Divided into three groups, students accept a position as first debater, second debater and the third group is neutral. At the conclusion of each debate, students vote to determine the winning side.
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Election Issues

For Teachers 4th - 8th
View and examine video of presidential and vice-presidential debates. Learners select one issue from the debate and write a paragraph about whether they agree or disagree with the candidates. The class then holds a mock election debate,...
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That Is Not My Opinion!

For Teachers 12th
Being an informed citizen requires distinguishing fact from opinion and understanding persuasion methods. Secondary learners evaluate newspaper editorials. They read opinion pieces, identify the writer's purpose and position on an issue,...
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Education Research Search

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners research post-World War II educational development and policy in the United Kingdom. In groups, they develop pro and con arguments about grammar, secondary modern, comprehensive, and independent schools. Collaborative work...
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Cutting Down Trees

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students research what kind of problems force a city or town to decide to remove trees. Students research what controversy has occurred in other cities or towns. Students interview those responsible for such decisions in your city or...
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Cleveland debates: Port or Park?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students perform research on the Web and in books or newspapers the planning going on recently in Cleveland. They read the longshoremen's objections. Students choose sides and prepare your arguments, using visual aids and facts and figures.
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Musing on Movies, Activity 3, Assessing Movie Reviews

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars become movie critics. In this debate lesson, students debate a movie. They enter reflections onto their TI-83 graphing calculators.
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The Holocaust's Legacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate contemporary hate groups and then participate in a debate on tolerating their existence of the Holocaust. They work in groups to conduct research. Students use print and Web resources to identify one or more...
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Election 2000

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore issues facing the potential leader of our country, form opinions about the candidates representing the two major political parties, research election material and choose candidates, conduct debates, and vote in...
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Esperanza Rising - Debate

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research labor strikes. In this debate instructional activity, 5th graders form groups and research labor strikes as in the book Esperanza Rising. Students collect information from several resources and present to the...
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Growing Voters and Election 2004: Get Out the Vote

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars examine the voting process, the reasons citizens should vote, and participate in a community drive to sign up new voters. After looking at websites, students create a poster that outlines the reasons to vote, participate...
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Preliminary Reflection on the Death Penalty

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss the death penalty. They explore specific cases and form an opinion of whether or not they agree with it. They share their opinions, pro or con, in the form of a debate.
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the Young Offenders Act: Modeling Parliamentary Proceedings

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students examine parliamentary procedure by following rules of order, constructing and presenting well thought out arguments, and submitting reports of the proceedings.
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Racial Profiling

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students debate both positions on the controversial topic of racial profiling with support for each and then develop a consensus position on how racial profiling as a law enforcement tool should be used.
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Liberation of the Garden Gnomes

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students read a lighthearted story about the controversial Garden Gnome Liberation Front. They debate the public's right to own garden gnomes. Personal - to lighten up the classroom a bit with a somewhat
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Who Are Travellers?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students visit specified websites to research zoning information in Essex. They participate in a role play to present a zoning request to a city council. Groups of students prepare their side of the case and create their proposal to be...
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Debates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct research using multiple sources to support a position in a debate. They put information from multiple sources into correct debate format. Students participate in a debate arguing one position in a focused manner.
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Tongue Twisters--Improve Enunciation for debaters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice tongue twisters to help reinforce enunciation during debate.
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Supply & Demand: Finite Resources, Infinite Needs

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars discuss conflict resolution strategies they use in real life. They listen to "Getting to Yes" about principled negotiation. They negotiate the distribution of goodies on a table according to rules and time constraints....
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The Mitten: Michigan's Bottle Bill

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students explore Michigan's Bottle Bill. In this reduce, reuse, and recycle lesson plan, students gain information about the Bottle Bill and how it was put into law. They participate in a class activity where they choose items from the...
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A Brave New World?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders use medical technologies and protocols to debate certain innovations. For this technology lesson students research biotechnology and publish their findings.
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The Great Debate: Internationalists vs. Isolationists

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers 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...
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Debating Our Destiny

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students participate in debates related to the history of the United States. In groups, they research their opinion on the purpose of debates and how a debater's posture affect the outcome of the debates. They identify the political...
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America's Future Culture

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders research the past and present policies in the United States regarding immigration. As a class, they read "Immigration Timeline" to examine the various groups who came to America for a better life. To end the lesson,...
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Alaska Purchase Debate

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the benefits and the challenges Alaska has presented to the United States. They research what the government and the people of the United States considered at the time of the purchase of Alaska in order to...
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Conflict and Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Bioethics: Tool for Portfolio and Performance Assessment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students, in cooperative studying groups, assume the affirmative or negative position of a particular issue (premise). They research the issue and participate in a debate. In addition, they write essays to complete a portfolio entry.
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Immigration Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine statements made by immigrants about immigration. They use the internet to research the truthfulness of these statements. They practice their decision-making skills.
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Bioethics: Debates in Human Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, in groups, research and prepare a debate regarding various bioethical situations. After the debates, each student prepares a ortfolio outlining their own personal opinions.
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The Last Abortion Clinic: Key Constitutional Issues of the Abortion Debate

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students discuss the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, then apply this discussion by creating a "Who should Decide What?" list, based upon their ideas about whether controversial issues such as abortion and medical...
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Effective Speaking in a Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine and discuss the concept of stage fright. They demonstrate positive debate techniques, constructively critique other speakers, and implement debate techniques for a practice debate.
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Voting

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students participate in a role play where they run for office and address the issues they want to fix. In this voting lesson plan, students then vote on which candidate they want to run their classroom.
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Never Again: Lesson 5

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders look at both sides of an issue. In this issues lesson, 6th graders write the pros and cons to a certain issue. They practice using quotation marks in dialogue. 
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Write On: Lesson 8

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders work on a compare/contrast essay. In this essay lesson, 6th graders write the first paragraph of their essay starting with a hook and mention both subjects briefly. They work on Lesson 6 of their grammar booklet. 
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Lost on a Deserted Island

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders practice brainstorming with their classmates as they discuss a role-play situation.  In this group discussion lesson, 3rd graders must present ideas of ways to survive on a deserted island by discussing with their...
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What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the concept of nutrition.  In this nutrition lesson, students identify the benefit of eggs as a nutritional meal or snack.  Students also discover how to prepare easy meals or snacks using eggs. 
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Debating The Future

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students are presented with social issues related to the future use of the Internet and decide if they agree or disagree with the view in a debate format. They present arguments predicting how the Internet will affect how people live in...
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Advanced Debate

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students give two practice speeches to captain or other group member. They perform a speech which is videotaped; view and critique the performance. Finally, they videotape another student.
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The Media and You

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create a system to approach news articles. They analyze media content for main ideas and overall themes and summarize key points. Students draw upon personal experiences to build on ideas presented in news articles.
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Let's Debate - Demonstrating Effective Communication Skills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore and engage in the art of debate. When both sides have been presented each pair have a few minutes to prepare a rebuttal based upon what the opposing side has said. A rubric imbedded in this plan is used as an...
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Stem Cell Research

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine embryonic cell research and the controversy that surrounds it.  For this stem cell lesson students use a debate model and present and defend their positions. 
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Gender Disparity on Display

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore an article and discuss what gender differences.  In this exploring gender lesson students divide into groups and develop a social theory. 
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Were Lewis and Clark respectful to the Native Americans they encountered on their journey?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders debate whether or not Lewis and Clark were respectful of Native Americans they encountered on their journey.  In this American History lesson, 6th graders review primary documents and diary entries from the Lewis and Clark...
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Albert Parsons

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Learners determine whether a hanging victim is guilty or not guilty. In this introductory law lesson, students use numerous documents to present their case proving Albert Parsons as either guilty or not guilty.
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How Does School Work?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify and interpret what their school is like and how it works. They watch animations and slideshows on the government website. Students also develop thinking skills by examining the way voting and democracy works through...
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National Debate Over Treaty Ratification

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review the main points of the Versailles Treaty. In groups, they analyze a variety of political cartoons about Wilson and the treaty itself and share their findings with the class after completing a worksheet. To end the...
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Debating Teenage Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students deal with 'real world' questions in settings that resemble Congress or the courtroom. They identify a problem, find causes, research possible solutions, determine the best solution, and plan a means of implementing the best...
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Building a Better Argument

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify the major components of arguments. They deconstruct several arguments in order to relate the differences between premises and conclusions. Students review several documents and identify the way arguments can be...
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Who Sunk the Titanic

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students discuss possible reasons for the Titanic sinking. They are split into small groups to research a historical figure involved in the sinking of the Titanic. They formulate a way to prove their characters guilt or innocence....
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Dilemmas and Debates

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders research one of four scientific dilemmas presented to them, write a paper on their findings, and discuss their paper and research materials with other students. Students debate the pros and cons of the dilemmas using...
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Be It Resolved: A lesson In Debating

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine debating procedures. In teams, students research the effects of European-Aboriginal interaction. Students collect, analyze and interpret information to support their side of the debate.
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Model UN Simulation on Population Control Policies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars participate in a Model UN Simulation Activity in which they take the role of country delegates and NGO representatives in an attempt to develop and debate resolutions that seek to provide remedies to the problems of...
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The Great Planetary Debate

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students' are given a research sheet to complete in small groups. They are to select a planet or moon to research using the Internet. With this research and their completed form, each group defends their planet or moon in a debate...
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Animal testing debate

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students debate the issues surrounding animal testing. The debate is based around a suggestion or motion. The motion is: This house believes that animal testing should continue. Students are divided into proposers (for the motion)...
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Debating in the House of Commons

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils order the stages of a debate in the House of Commons. They review the rules of debates using a printable worksheet. They form groups of proposers and opposers to host a debate.
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Vidal's History--And Yours?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students watch AMERICAN MASTERS: THE EDUCATION OF GORE VIDAL and apply Guided Reading principles to Vidal's writing. They discuss how to think and question in his way and determine for themselves how political writing can shape our...
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A Day in the Life of Parliament

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders watch excerpts from a parliamentary session, assume membership in a political party from a fictitious country and conduct a parliamentary session of their own covering a range of topics of current relevance.
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It's Debatable!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the basic elements and vocabulary of debating. They research an issue and write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper, and role-play a Parliamentary debate on a particular bill.
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Computer Violence Debate

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students debate whether playing violent computer games desensitizes people to real-life violence.
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Federalist and Antifederalist Papers

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed
Pupils debate the Federalist and Anti-federal Papers after using the Internet as a research tool.
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Global Warming: The Greenhouse Effect Debate

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners gather information about the Greenhouse Effect and participate in a debate about the merits of this theory on both sides. They explore the Greenhouse Effect, and its possible long-term effects, from a variety of resources.
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Social Studies MEAP Extended Response Debate

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students debate policy issues online with students from another school.
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The Debates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the history and purposes of debate, and analyze the different debate formats. They rate the candidates' presentations in the debates, and apply debate strategies to their own debates.
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Individual Rights And Responsibilities

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate a trial in the netherlands in order to comprehend the concept of human rights and how they need protection. They conduct the research done by reading in small groups and have a mock trial using the details of the...
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Debating the Three Gorges Dam Project: Power to the People or Environmental Catastrophe?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the controversy behind the building of the Three Gorges Dam in China. One group of the class researches the government's stance on building the dam. Another section of the class represents an environmental group who...
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Class Forums: An English Language Arts Lesson for Information Resources

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders listen to a controversial piece of writing. They with opposing viewpoints face one another. After ground rules are suggested and adopted by the group, 10th graders articulate their positions in successive turns.
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The Debate Over North Shore Road

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners examine the impact of the North Shore Road Project in North Carolina. In this environmental science lesson, students share their views regarding this environmental issue. They compare and contrast the map of the Great Smoky...
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The Power of Television Debates

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students consider the impact of debate. In this current events lesson, students read an article about debates that are part of election campaigns (the article is not included). Students may choose from 6 activities to better understand...
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How Are Boundaries Made, Kept, Broken?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the different perspectives of Igbo women. They simulate a silent debate in response to the question, "Is the Igbo society sexist?" They write their response to the question and exchange papers with their partner as the...
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Presidential Debate

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discuss the candidates for President of the United States and their Congressional Representatives. They study the issues and the views of the particular candidates. Students role play and state their views on a variety of...
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Are Curfew's Fair?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils explore and discuss how curfews are set up. They discuss how difficult it can be to define appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Students role play situations involving curfew and the behaviors they are meant to curb.