This is a great introductory activity for students new to a Contemporary Issues class. In this WebQuest, students are asked to identify an issue, give a brief statement supporting and opposing it, then rank their interest in the topic. I use this as a way to gauge my student's desire to learn about certain issues, and focus on those throughout our class.
In addition to the WebQuest, there is also included an exhaustive list of topics for the teacher to look over in case you would like to switch any out.
2 page webquest; additional information page for teacher