Fun Classroom Citizenship Debates: Learning / Life Skills For 2023 (6Cs)

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    17 high-interest CLASSROOM DEBATES!

    PERFECT to kick-start a unit on Persuasive Writing, Communication Skills, or Being an Active Citizen!

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

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    Use this life-long tool over and over again!

    • REBOOT your class and make it to the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!

    • Now is a great time to remind your students HOW TO DISAGREE respectfully.

    • 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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    • "My students love debating, so this resource was great!"
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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

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    ARE YOU (or your students) BURNING OUT?

    What do your students struggle with the most?

    (PS - These are lifelong resources that you can use year after year.)

    Option 1: Trying (when they've given up)

    Option 2: Standing up for others (when things aren't fair)

    Option 3: Working in groups (not the same as teamwork)

    Option 4: Getting their point across (when upset and things matter)

    Option 5: Coming up with ideas (instead of copying others)

    Option 6: Thinking logically (and making informed decisions)

    Option 7: ALL OF THE ABOVE 

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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

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    79 slides, 20 pages of handouts, 52 pages of lesson plans
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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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