Should It Be Mandatory to Get a License To Be a Parent?

This Should It Be Mandatory to Get a License To Be a Parent? lesson plan also includes:

Learning how to engage in a respectful, academic discussion of controversial topics is an important skill all students should develop. This skill-building activity provides groups with a set-by-step procedure and sentence frames so that they can develop a discussion of whether or not it should be mandatory to get a license to be a parent. Participants are provided with articles that outline the basic arguments for and against licensing, statistics about child abuse, and links to additional information. Using this information, teams focus on crafting a discussion in which the participants must argue both sides of the question.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Participants must search the information provided to glean the best arguments for both sides of the question
  • A grammar exercise is also included
  • Sentence frames help individuals craft their statements
Cons

  • Given the controversial nature of the topic, carefully consider the experiences of class members before engaging in this discussion
  • Consider adding a debriefing discussion at the conclusion of the exercise