Debate the Issue

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A debate is a great way to understand both sides of an issue. The lesson gives academics freedom to choose a political issue to debate in a classroom setting. They research political issues and compose written debate responses. Researchers also participate in group discussion to understand the importance and history of debating. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Select topics ahead of time to allow more time for the debate process 
  • Allow pupils to decide who will debate in front of the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Fifth and final lesson in a five-part series on democracy
  • Lessons do not need to be completed in order 
  • Political topics may be sensitive for some learners 
  • Educators may need to provide additional information on debate protocol 
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  • Debate process gives scholars the opportunity to reflect on both sides of a political argument 
  • The lesson encourages individuals to reflect on their personal political beliefs 
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