This Debating Controversial Issues: Integrating Science and Current Events lesson plan also includes:
In order to give young scientists experience with critical thinking skills, introduce them to a current controversy and prepare them to debate. Choose a topic, such as genetically modified organisms, and assign groups to represent different parties of interest. Modifications are suggested depending on the amount of time you have available for this instructional activity. The plans are thoroughly written and will save you plenty of planning time.