Students will be working in small groups to advocate for one side of a controversial drug topic. Before working on the assignment students will determine their personal views on each of the listed topics.
Students will then placed into groups or select group and provided with a topic and they will be either the pro/con side of the argument. Students will have time to research their side of the argument and create a presentation that they will share with the class.
After each group has had the opportunity to present their side of the argument, students will be asked to think about what they learned, and determine if their view point has changed. Students will be asked to reflect upon the presentations including what were some of the most influential points that their classmates made in their arguments.
Included is a worksheet for students to use to record their thoughts and ideas, grading rubric, and 5 controversial drug topics for students.
I usually will poll the students, have them choose their top 3 positions to argue, and then create the groups for them, so it will be even. If you let them choose, then you may have topics that aren't fully covered.