National Anthem Protests

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in 2016 as a form of protest. Were his actions appropriate? Using the provided website, pupils attempt to decide for themselves by reading the main pros and cons about the issue. Scholars also participate in an online poll to weigh in on the topic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Help learners prepare for an effective debate by pre-teaching research, organization, and note-taking skills 
Classroom Considerations

  • Controversial topics may pose sensitivity concerns for some individuals 
  • Time needed to fully research the debate topic varies 
Pros

  • Provides an extensive list of footnotes for further study
  • Clearly identifies pros and cons with color coding for easier research
Cons

  • Limited to three pros and cons, so students may require additional research