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|Class Plan -- Unit Two, Day 22|
Daily - Have students write about their opinion on a controversial issue. Choose something current and relevant that everyTwo is likely to have an opinion about and some people will definitely have strong feelings about.
Collect group survey while students are writing Daily.
Debate controversial issue - Referring to the Daily, have students debate the issue. Keep track of the various perspectives and positions addressed on the board as they debate. Allow the debate to go on long enough to get many ideas expressed, but set a clear time limit. The debate itself is not the point.
When you end the debate, show students the variety of perspectives represented by the class. Point out the different positions people were taking and how they aligned with the perspectives.
Students are likely to have a hard time understanding the difference between a perspective and a position. You will need to deal with that eventually, but for today's lesson, that is not your goal. What you want to show them is that there are always a variety of perspectives on any debatable issue. Two of the goals of academic argument and research is to familiarize yourself with the variety of perspectives, to understand them all, not just Two's own, and to see what perspective our own position is aligned with.
You will want to connect this to the research process. The main goal of their research needs to be gathering sources representing a range of perspectives. They can expect to read widely to learn what the perspectives are.
This would be a good time to show your annotated bibliography for your example topic and explain the perspectives it represents.