NO PREP ChatGPT Critical Thinking Debate: Should AI be allowed in schools? PDF

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Should Chat GPT be allowed in schools? Or is this cheating?


  • ChatGPT Critical Thinking Debate

  • Writing Reflection Assignment

Print the PDF worksheets. Show the video. Moderate class discussion. Done!

FREE: The entire CHAT GPT critical thinking video lesson is on YouTube!

  • The shorter version (1h 19m) tells you when to pause the video to lead a classroom discussion.

  • The longer version (3h 19m) explains to students how to fill out the worksheets. It also includes a visual timer during work periods.


  • If you only want PDF versions of the Chat GPT worksheets seen in the video (Worksheets #1-5), then you want this resource.

  • If you want the PDF worksheets, AND the full slideshow lesson, editable versions of the file, handout with the ChatGPT generated response seen in the video, bonus slideshow lesson about Deepfakes, and bonus worksheet #6 about Deepfakes, then click here.

The Virtual Substitute Teacher video lesson provides all the information your students need to have an informed debate. No independent research is required. Play the video in class and then moderate the discussion.

Use this self-contained lesson to get high-quality work out of your students when you're away or you need time to work on something else!

Want to see exactly what you get before you buy this product?

  • Look at the PREVIEW PDF.
    (It is a watermarked version of the entire PDF resource and worksheets.)

  • Watch the video lesson on YouTube. There are two versions: 1) a SHORTER version and 2) a FULL LESSON with handout instructions. Keep reading below to see the difference.

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CHAT GPT and Artificial Intelligence updates to Google will completely change the way students learn (and maybe cheat?)

This is really about developing 21st-century learning skills and social-emotional learning skills to survive and thrive in a changing world.

  • First covid,
  • then Chat GPT...
  • Who knows what's next?

Critical Thinking Topics explored by the Virtual Substitute Teacher / Virtual Support Teacher video lesson

  • What is Chat GPT?

  • How well can Chat GPT summarize and find the main idea from complex texts?

  • Can Chat GPT really produce creative writing with personal examples?

  • The Google Search Algorithm has learned to be sexist (and what you can do about it.)

  • Should I panic about Chat GPT and Artificial Intelligence?

  • Should I trust my robot friend?

Students fill out worksheets to document their learning at multiple points in the lesson: (beginning, middle, and end)

  • Evidence from the text

  • Explain their own thinking

Students collaborate and participate in small group and whole class conversations to develop a deeper understanding of the issue.

  • These conversations can provide multiple opportunities to listen to students to see what they understand. (Anecdotal observation / assessment.)

Students brainstorm criteria to decide if Chat GPT should be allowed in schools or is this cheating. (Worksheet 5)

  • What's the point of school?

  • What does cheating mean?

The long version of the video walks students through a FOUR CORNERS debate.

At the end, students fill out a written response: Should Chat GPT be allowed in schools? An optional rubric is included.

  • Point

  • Evidence from the text

  • Explain how the evidence from the text proves their point using criteria.

NO PREP, just PRINT and WATCH instructions

After you purchase this resource, there will be a GREEN BUTTON to download the PDF file.

STEP 1: Print the PDF file.

It has Worksheets #1 to #5.

STEP 2: Show the video lesson

Decide which video you will use with your class.

The long version is great to leave behind for a substitute teacher, as the video does everything.

It explains how to fill out the handouts and also shows a visual timer during the work periods.

All your substitute teacher needs to do is classroom management and support the student learning!

  • Version 1 (Short Version) - 1 hour 9 minutes

    This video tells you when to pause for class discussions.

    *Please note: The short version does NOT walk your students through the four corners debate. That is part of the full lesson. This shorter version is for teachers who have their own debate format and just want to use the video for information about Chat GPT.

  • Version 2 (FULL lesson) - 3 hours 9 minutes

    This longer video has everything in the short version AND explains to students how to fill in the worksheets.

    It also has time for class discussions built into the video (with a visual timer.)

    *Please note: The longer version does not include time for students to write their responses at the end. You'll have to add time in your lesson planning for them to complete this at school. (Otherwise, let's be honest. Some of them will be tempted to use ChatGPT to do this assignment...) 


  • Instructions / title page

  • Worksheet #1 - If you do not change… (initial thoughts) 

  • Worksheet #2 - Should Chat GPT be allowed… (initial thoughts)

  • Worksheet #3 - Should Chat GPT be allowed… (after writing example section) 

  • Worksheet #4 - If you do not change… (after writing example section) 

  • Worksheet #5 - Should Chat GPT be allowed… (after bias / action section) 
    - Criteria Brainstorming
    - Writing Response
    - Rubric

  • About Educircles, License, Copyright, Sources, Changelog


This resource does NOT include

  • The bonus question video or handouts (Worksheet #6)

  • Editable versions of the handouts, slideshow, or answer key

  • Separate video files. (The videos are posted on YouTube - check out the links at the top of this product description!)


1. How do I get a copy of the editable versions of the handouts, slideshow, or bonus video / handouts?

If there is interest, I will publish these as a separate product.

I gauge interest based on comments and emails received. I love hearing about what you teach and how the lesson went! After all, I live vicariously through you! :)

Make sure to sign up for the Educircles Club newsletter and FOLLOW my TPT store. That way, you'll get a notification when I release this product. (Plus, I like to give away freebies!)

2. When will you publish the slideshow / bonus video product?

It all depends on what kind of response I get from teachers like yourself.

I'm tinkering right now with a new product line: The Virtual Substitute Teacher series / Virtual Support Teacher format.

If you like this stuff, let me know by leaving an honest TPT review / comment or by emailing me directly at

May 6, 2023 update: I'm working right now to package up the slideshow lesson. It won't have the lesson plan, but you'll be able to watch the YouTube video to get a sense of timing. Stay tuned!

PS: Technically, ChatGPT is a brand and is one word (as you can see from this OpenAI blog post.) But, lots of us use two words to describe Chat GPT.

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Total Pages
3hr 19min video, 8 pages of worksheet
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


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