Good for debates!
Before kids make a decision about anything, teach them how to prepare their ideas first and use evidence to support their ideas.
Excellent worksheet to teach critical thinking, careful analysis and thoughtful preparation. Works for Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs, or any debatable subject in your classroom. Can even work for analyzing controversial text.
Some Common Core Standards:
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level and concerns.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.