Newsworthy debating topics

20 Nov

After discussing some debating topics with my students today, I noticed that a number of them have limited general knowledge about what is happening in their community, state and country.  This lack of general knowledge hampers their ability to provide relevant examples and counterexamples in debates.

In order to get them reading the newspaper and taking notice of what is happening in the world, I want to set them a challenge to read the paper, find an issue that interests them, write a debating topic, and then dot point out the key ideas that should be raised by each team in order to make their cases.  If each student does this for one issue, and then they pool their resources, everyone should get a window into key issues/areas of relevance.

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