Students will practice using a controversial issue-Corporal Punishment from their English class. Twenty states still allow corporal punishment in schools which shock most students. The students are assigned a pro or con position and directed to read some articles that support that position. Based on the readings and their own opinions they must write position statement and then respond to classmates with opposing opinions. The emphasis of this lesson is being able to concisely, accurately and emphatically argue one’s point in a public forum.