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Sociology or Government - Fun Activity - Perspectives on Controversial Issues

Sociology or Government - Fun Activity - Perspectives on Controversial Issues
Sociology or Government - Fun Activity - Perspectives on Controversial Issues
Sociology or Government - Fun Activity - Perspectives on Controversial Issues
Sociology or Government - Fun Activity - Perspectives on Controversial Issues
Sociology or Government - Fun Activity - Perspectives on Controversial Issues
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Relax and enjoy the lively discussions that this engaging 2-to-3-day lesson always generates. Very little active direction is required of the teacher once the activity is explained and briefly modeled. The kids take it from there. The issues for discussion are controversial--same-sex marriage, abortion, evolution, gun control, etc.--so be prepared for some exuberant debates to break out. But that's sort of the point. In the process the students will utilize terminology such as "social perspective" and "agent of socialization", and will be encouraged to analyze the ethical reasoning behind opposing perspectives. This thoroughly student-centered interactive activity is ideal for sociology or civics, but appropriate for any social studies or English high school class. For best results, maintain a few minutes of silence at first for each student to digest the issues and begin to formulate responses, but then encourage them to work together in pairs or groups to discuss various perspectives. The duration of the activity will depend on how much time you spend discussing the students' responses as a whole class after each portion is completed--and whether you choose to share some of your own perspectives with the class. This activity could easily be stretched to a full week, and with a few supplemental readings and discussions of current events, expanded into a unit.
Total Pages
6 pages
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N/A
Teaching Duration
3 days
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