should be broken up into groups of two, three, or four, depending
on the size of the class. Two groups will be assigned to each
controversial question below, one group for the pro and another
for the con. The class will spend a period in the media center
or out of class time researching the pro or con of their question.
During another class period or periods each question will
be discussed, with the pro and con groups for that question
leading the discussion. The pro and con groups will give five
minute summaries or an overview of a case for their side.
The two groups will then lead a class discussion, answering
questions by being prepared with overheads, graphs, data,
or other information from their research. The period will
end with a vote on the class position on the issue. The
teacher's role is to help guide the discussion and keep the
class on track.
are a set of questions. You can find a more detailed statement
of the question by clicking on the numbers below. This includes
a sample list of pros and cons, sample questions for the final
class vote, and a few websites to get the research started.