How I use this in my classroom:
I have had them select one of six controversial articles that I had provided to annotate and then argue (I had two articles -- one pro/one con -- for three different topics). My AP students read both the pro and the con articles and held the debate that way. They.Got.HEATED. They walked out talking about how fun class was... that's a MAJOR win!
Students select their topics and work on their research thesis. They then conduct research on multiple perspectives over the week in order to create the three perspectives required. Then they create and answer their own ACT Prompt (you could also have them answer each others' prompts).
Here's the kicker: After they create their ACT Prompt and write an ACT style essay in which they argue their belief, they then have to prepare and present a persuasive speech to the class -- arguing the side they originally stated they were AGAINST.
Yes... they're going to have to persuade the class about something they don't believe in or agree with. The students are very enlightened by this experience, which is an awesome thing for our future leaders!
**Please note, this follows the ACT template exactly; their verbage is used to create an authentic prompt to prepare them for an exam.