Handout

Corporal Punishment

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Nineteen states legally permit school officials to physically punish children. Scholars learn more about the topic as they use the website to prepare for a class debate or discussion. Pupils read background information and discover the top three pros and cons about the issue for form their opinions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Before starting any debate or discussion, develop a list of debate guidelines with participants
  • Extend the lesson by having individuals write persuasive essays about their stances
Classroom Considerations
  • Topic may pose some sensitivity concerns
  • Assumes participants have computer and Internet access
Pros
  • Provides footnotes to help readers investigate the topic further 
  • Pros and cons are color-coded for convenience 
Cons
  • Not a comprehensive resource; individuals most likely need to consult additional sources