63 query-based discussion prompts in 10 areas (Crime and Justice, Social Issues, Foreign Policy, Science and the Environment, Economy and Taxes, Military and the War on Terror, Immigration, Elections, Gun Control/Second Amendment, and Health Care, Abortion, and End-of Life Issues).
Help your students grapple with thorniest issues of the election (and American society) in 2016. Use these question prompts to initiate discussion, essays, or research projects. Help produce engaged, aware, and politically active young people.
While many of the following questions may evoke a visceral "yes/no" response from the students, encourage them to purse the matters further and develop a more informed and nuanced stance by asking such critical-thinking questions as the following:
• "In/under what circumstances?"
• "With what exceptions?"
• "What are the precedents?"
• "What are the likely consequences?"
• "What evidence is there supporting my assertions?"
• "What are the sources of this evidence?"
• "How valid are they?"
• "Are they slanted?"
• "If so, how does that affect the significance and presentation of the evidence?"
The prompt questions included in this unit do not address all the issues facing the United States today, but they provide many solid starting points for discussion, engagement, and critical thinking.
They also help move the conversation about this election away from personalities and ad hominem attacks back onto the critical issues facing the nation.