This is an awesome assignment to finish the semester! I say this is an end of semester debate, but it could work well anytime! I put it at the end as my students have been working on these concepts throughout the year, but this assignment could work well anytime (but students may need a little more help on the research element). Students pick controversial topics, research to gain a full perspective understanding of the issue, then debate against the opposition. I will assign this with groups. In a class of 42 this debate will take about two weeks. Students will spend about 3-5 days researching and preparing. Each actual debate takes approximately an hour. So 10 groups could debate over 5 class periods.
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