Fun Classroom Citizenship Debates: Back to School Learning Skills (SEL)

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Build Classroom Community during BACK to SCHOOL season using 17 high-interest CLASSROOM DEBATES!

PERFECT to kick start a year of learning!

The slideshow teaches everything. You just guide the class conversation!

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Use this life-long tool over and over again!

  • Use it in SEPTEMBER during Back to School with your new class to set the tone for a year of learning!

  • Teach important lessons if you ever need to fill a period.

  • These debates are also a great way to kick off a Global Studies unit or English Language Arts unit on essay or persuasive writing!

  • Leave the detailed lesson plan for your substitute teacher to teach.

FAIR is not always EQUAL!?

Explore being an active citizen at school and in the world!

Help students COMMUNICATE and APPRECIATE differences in opinion.


Using these timeless citizenship debates is a perfect way to get students to think more about SEL:

  • who they are (Self-Awareness)

  • diversity and equity (Social Awareness)

  • communicating effectively (Relationship Skills)

The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is now.

DISCUSS the difference between equal and fair.

BUILD classroom community as students explore the difference between a citizen and a good citizen (or active citizen) 

REMIND students how to communicate respectfully, even when they disagree.

EMPOWER students to reflect on their ideas and to think about how equal doesn't always mean fair.

APPLY what they learn by asking students which groups of people are invisible?


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  • "This resource has been a real lifesaver to both my lessons and teacher training. Many skills are covered in this resource and I use it at any stage in my curriculum as lead-in for new topics, to end of units or to reinforce and supplement certain areas. We move from a local to global perspective, and this resource guides you through the entire process. I eventually got the entire bundle, and it is an added value to my teaching resources. Thank you for an excellent product."
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These high-interest citizenship debates are a safe but powerful way to teach students that

  1. We can have opinions.
  2. My opinions can be different from yours.
  3. Your opinions can be different from mine.
  4. And both of our opinions can be equally valid.

The 17 debate questions go through a series of "fun" questions to more "serious" questions as they get students wondering about fairness and equality.

✅ The slideshow lesson teaches the concepts.

✅ You can also EDIT THE FILES to fit your classroom needs.

✅ The slideshow lesson is comprehensive and teaches the lesson:

  • DISTANCE LEARNING or 1:1 LEARNING in Google Classroom
  • FACE to FACE LEARNING in your classroom

..... Hey, this is cool - check it out! BACK to SCHOOL lessons to kick start a year of learning!

  • Try this SURVEY so your students can see what kind of mindset they have.

  • Watch these VIDEOS and figure out if teamwork is the same as collaboration. (Spoiler: not always.)

  • This one is MY FAVORITE. Students have a lot of fun with the group activity in Section A. The viral video in Section D is shocking... but are we really surprised at this point?

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SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) in a world of Covid, Systemic Racism, and Constant Change...

  • Help students with SELF AWARENESS and SOCIAL AWARENESS. Start by asking your students Who is Invisible...

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SINGLE PDF update - v2022-07-10

The individual products in this bundle now have a Single PDF to print (with a File Table of Contents and all handouts)

  • I added a digital learning version (Easel by TpT)
  • I added Microsoft versions for all files
  • NO CHANGES to teaching content in section A.
  • Updated teaching content in section C. (Updated the Handout - Student Self-Evaluation; Removed Google Slides file - Venn Diagram (Google Classroom version) as it has been replaced by the Easel by TpT file.)

Other changes

  • Files are now packaged by section (A. Debate, B/C Video + Consolidation) instead of splitting Google Drive folders by use (i.e. Print and Teach, Edit the documents, Google Classroom)
  • Simplified file names using descriptive words (handout, slideshow).
  • Minor changes to formatting / layout
  • Combined all handouts into a single PDF to print (for individual products)

If you have any questions, please ask in the Question section or email me at

Total Pages
79 slides, 20 pages of handouts, 52 pages of lesson plans
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.


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