Churches and Taxes

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Churches have been tax-exempt since the founding of America, but should they be? Pupils ponder the question as they browse the website in preparation for a class debate or discussion. They research the history of tax-exemption for churches, learn about the main pro and con arguments, and view other readers' comments for added perspective. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners engage in a think-pair-share to gather information with classmates before the debate or discussion
  • For a fun twist, assign individuals to the affirmative or negative side of the argument rather than allowing them to choose their stances
Classroom Considerations

  • Handle the discussion with care, as religious topics may be sensitive for some students

  • Includes a video gallery with videos that are tagged as pro or con
  • Clearly identifies pro and con facts and quotes with color coding

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