These two fishbowls were jewels in my Giver unit (also available for sale). I was shocked at how maturely 7th graders spoke about how to quell social ills without squashing culture, and how they used the same evidence from the book to both promote and challenge.
Arranged Marriage worked beautifully after chapter 6, and Banned Books after chapter 20.
This contains my Fishbowl Format, which I was asked to present to my staff, and is now in use in math, science and history classes. This template sets you up to create fishbowl discussions of your own. (I have at least one in every unit.)
-Have each student prepare the entire "prep sheet" so that the grading is equal, regardless of what position they take. You will be impressed by how much high level informational text students are willing to digest just for the opportunity to argue about it.
-Show the cartoonish first page to students so they understand their roles.
-Divide the room into roles. (I find it easiest to do cats who take content notes, fish who argue, and dogs who diagram the discussion, and then rotate twice. You may want to do mini face-offs, or whatever time and class size allows.)
-Use the grading sheet to track the discussion, or not- your choice.
-Teacher will need to mediate from time to time to make sure students are holding an evidence-based discussion, and not "no it isn't/ yes it is."
This shows brilliantly for administrator observations. Use it to totally enhance your Giver unit experience!