Should Shopping Malls be Allowed to Institute Teen Curfews?

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Controversial issues, by definition, are topics on which rational people disagree. And some arguments for or against a stance on an issue carry more weight than others. Class members practice evaluating the weight of reasons and evidence on both sides of the question of whether or not shopping malls should be allowed to institute teen curfews. After reading a series of articles that provide background information on the question, pairs uses the provided sentence frames to craft statements that explain why they think some evidence has more weight than others.

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Pros

  • The practice exercises in this series of lessons help learners develop the skills they need to engage in academic discussion and debates
  • While the exercises can be used independently, using the series in order as weekly skill builders, would provide the best results
  • A word-generating exercise is also included
  • Links to additional resources are provided
Cons

  • Consider adding a concluding discussion that brings the class back together