When Should the U.S. Government Send Troops to Another Region of the World?

This When Should the U.S. Government Send Troops to Another Region of the World? lesson plan also includes:

A fortified discussion uses precise academic language and factual information to support a position on a controversial topic. After reading an annotated text that presents background information on the 9/11 attacks and on the Darfur conflict, pairs create a model for a fortified discussion of when the US should send troops to other countries. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The sixth in a series of 24 skill-building exercises
Pros

  • Evidence for and against sending US troops to other regions of the world is presented from the perspective of the general American public, from oil investors, and military personnel
  • The exercise models for class members how to conduct a fortified discussion
  • The series of exercises can be used weekly to build discussion skills and prepare learners for class debates
  • Links to additional information for instructors are included
Cons

  • Consider ending the activity with a full-class discussion of the exercise