Drinking Age

This Drinking Age handout & reference also includes:

New Review

Eighteen is the age of adulthood in the United States, but 21 is the legal drinking age. Pupils use the provided website to determine whether the age to legally purchase and consume alcohol should be lowered. They weigh the pros and cons, read about the history of the minimum legal drinking age, and view other readers' comments to help form their own opinions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite individuals to write post-debate reflections to analyze the effectiveness of their discussion strategies 
Classroom Considerations

  • Contains mature and potentially sensitive subject matter 
  • Time required for research varies according to student and class needs
  • Requires computers, Internet, and headphones to research debate topics
Pros

  • Organizes information effectively with color-coded pros and cons and links to additional resources
  • Includes a video library to aid in research
Cons

  • None