Teachers, librarians, and other educators at 4,200+ schools in 50 states and 60 countrieshave used ProCon.org in their teaching and reference materials. Use the search feature below to look up your school, find new lessons, learn new ways to use ProCon.org, and get inspired.
English teacher uses ProCon.org to teach students "that there are two sides to every controversial issue." Uses ProCon.org for research, persuasive writing, and to help students decide between fact and opinion.
Provides online information for Feb.6, 2008 Primary Election under "2008 Presidential Candidate Summary - Compare All the Candidates and their Positions on 42 Issues." Links to 2008 Election ProCon.org.
Teacher/Reading Specialist Marshella Maricle says the following: "In teaching to our state standard, I am expected to expose students to persuasive texts... I chose a couple grade appropriate topics and provided the pro/con arguments and research I found at ProCon.org... The research from your site allowed the focus to remain on the writing and prevented my students (who are still relatively new to effective research techniques) from getting 'lost' in the research process."
English teacher uses ProCon.org as "an introduction to persuasive writing" and states that "the site has been very useful. Middle school students are notoriously emotional – and just getting them to see both sides of an issue can be a chore. This site is very easy to navigate, and students actually enjoyed seeing the pros and cons side by side. Critical thinking skills are still a work in progress here – so this is a fantastic tool!"
Language Arts teacher Ms. Fe uses ProCon.org and states: "Students are writing an argumentative paper. This takes the research out of the equation when I am not teaching research but the parts of an argumentative paper."
Social Studies James Burke has students research issues facing American society primarily using ProCon.org as a resource. Links to Mobile Phones ProCon.org, Sports and Drugs ProCon.org, Death Penalty ProCon.org, and Milk ProCon.org
Teacher recommends ProCon.org and uses "the sources provided on the site to give students a way to develop skills for discerning between fact and opinion and understanding how to interpret an argument in context."
Mr. Swedberg's online classroom provides research resources for a persuasive writing assignment. Links to ProCon.org. "If your persuasive writing topic has something to do with doctor assisted suicide, legalizing (or not) marijuana, drinking age, or video games you should give it a look."
LFS (Learning Focused Strategies) coach Angela Marbutt's students (middle school teachers) use ProCon.org "to introduce and reinforce concepts from our curriculum maps." She says ProCon.org's "subjects engage people of all ages and ethnicities."
English teacher Amy McKinty refers students to ProCon.org for in-class debates. "I love your website!..This website helps them explore other sides of an issue... It is a great resource that is easy to use."
Teacher Mr. Shannon Pellman says, "I teach a forensics (debate) class, and we have used ProCon.org to examine both sides of issues in preparation for debates and classroom discussion. I have also used it my Social Studies class. I had the students take the 'Find Your Match- Candidates quiz'. It was very interesting to see how the kids' choice of candidate was influenced by the issues instead of popularity."
English as a Second Language (ELL) teacher Signe Ilstrup says "when I co-taught an 8th grade ELL cluster class last year, we used ProCon articles as examples of persuasive writing, and ProCon.org was one of the websites that students use when doing research for their persuasive essays."
Co-ordinator of the Gifted & Talented Program Lynne Kelly uses ProCon.org because we provide both sides of issues. "Most come to any issue with a bias to one side. They conclude that nothing is as black and white as they originally
Mr. Walcker used Climate Change ProCon.org for an extra credit assignment in his 9th grade Earth Science class, telling students "Procon.org is a great site that has the Pro and Con side of 41 different controversial issues."
English instructor Linda S. Brown uses ProCon.org with her middle school students: "ProCon.org provides succinctly worded, easily accessed points they can use in preparing their persuasive paragraphs and essays."
English and Speech/Debate teacher Mr. Wallace used ProCon.org to prepare students for a debate. "...[M]any students found insight both on how to strengthen their side of the case and prepare for the opposite."
A teacher at Cypress Greek Elementary says, "I used it when we were discussing illegal immigration and that some show facts and truth while others are opinions. The site was to give facts and show pro on the subject... keep up the great work."
Teacher Mrs. Murphy uses ProCon.org to research the presidential candidates because the site has a "plethora of information" and says the site "raised their awareness of the presidential candidates' stands on the issues."
American History teacher Mrs. Kristy Dyer links to 2012 Election ProCon.org under the "Find your match!" hyperlink and states: "If you were old enough to vote, this quiz would help you choose your candidate based on important issues."
English and history teacher Anne Marshall refers students to ProCon.org for essay assignments. "Made the process of research easier for them... I hope as I continue to use it they will understand the pro/con process and not be so narrow in their thinking."
Jan Chernin, Director of Information Services at Greenhills School, uses ProCon.org "as part of a civics unit on understanding national issues as they relate to Michigan since there is a governor's race this fall. Students... must figure out an action plan or platform and make a 'pitch' for their viewpoint."
Groveland Elementary School Media Specialist Colleen Small recommended ProCon.org as an excellent resource for students doing research projects. Minnetonka Public Schools links to ProCon.org under "Technology Resources."
Teacher PJ Youngblood says, "Students are encouraged to use pro/con.org, and to do off-site research as well, paying attention to bias, age, and other considerations. The speech they give must be presented with a full bibliography."
In her blog post dated Nov. 30, 2010, Health teacher Mrs. Gorwitz asks students to write five sentences on the drinking age issue, linking to Drinking Age ProCon.org as the required resource for the assignment.
8th grade Science teacher Tari Hardy refers students to ProCon.org and says: "I use it for classroom debate and critical thinking as a basis for writing or talking about controversial scientific topics."
Library Media Technician Ms. Joey Lundgren refers students to ProCon.org and states: "I introduced the site to a teacher who was doing a lesson on pros and cons of issues facing our country. I refer many students to the site for references and future assignment needs."
Technology teacher Mr. Goetz references ProCon.org as a source to use when researching immigration, the death penalty, the war in Iraq, euthanasia, sports and drugs, nuclear power, and the 2nd Amendment. Links to ProCon.org.
Teacher Lorrie Harris says, "I have had my students write a 5 paragraph persuasive essay about the death penalty in which they must use facts as a basis of their arguments. Pro-Con.org is one of the sites I give them to help them build their case either for or against the death penalty."
Social Studies teacher Jake Little writes on his webpage for seventh graders that Procon.org is "great for any comparison of both sides of an issue, and it has lots of issues. Start here for any argumentative poster/paper."
Educator Emily Beitel uses ProCon.org "to present controversial topics to students for debate... giving them professional pieces of writing to model persuasive writing that they can also create. The research and information presented on the site are helpful as students delve into their topics more thoroughly."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Martin Giles uses ProCon.org and states: "I select some of the arguments from each side and make copies for my students to read. They read and analysis the positions and use the information to support their positions in writing analytical essays and as support for the positions they take during philosophical chairs and Socratic seminars."
Teacher Joey uses ProCon.org with students "in 'teachable moment' situations. That is, when the topic of conversation has momentarily been shifted to something immediately relevant to students." Joey states that ProCon.org "show[s] the students that there is more than one side to every argument. It also reinforces the idea that arguments should be backed up with clear evidence."
Students used ProCon.org to prepare for an inter-school debating competition: "In bolstering their arguments, the teams were given supportive fact sheets from www.procon.org, a nonpartisan public charity that covers 42 controversial issues."
Students used ProCon.org to prepare for an inter-school debating competition held at Maple School, Northbrook, IL: "In bolstering their arguments, the teams were given supportive fact sheets from www.procon.org, a nonpartisan public charity that covers 42 controversial issues."
Language Arts teacher Mr. Tittle wrote on his class blog that he "showed the students a couple of helpful websites in class. The first one is ProCon.org... These sites will help students find some research."
English and Social Studies teacher Ms. Kelly McIntyre uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Easy to use, and accessible for most students, reference material that addresses both sides of an issue."
Mr. Dallmann's "Scavenger Hunt" assignment asks his 8th Grade Regional Studies students to locate and present information on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Links to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ProCon.org, describing it as a "great site for the bias part of this assignment."
Reading teacher Millard Cover uses ProCon.org to allow "students to form their own opinions and solutions to the illegal immigration issue and use this knowledge so they can write a letter to a state or national politician expressing their views."
Social Studies teacher Mr. O'Neal's webpage listing online resources about the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. Links to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ProCon.org, saying "This site is very large and has a lot of information about the conflict."
Melanie Lichtenstein, teacher in the Gifted and Talented program, has her students "use ProCon.org during the elections to learn about the issues and determine which candidate they align with. Students also use it [as] a resource to conduct research about issues they find valuable or connected to their real world."
Mr. Bryan McBrayer uses ProCon.org in the classroom. He states that they "choose a topic, separate the class into two teams, and allow the teams twenty minutes to prepare. After preparation, the class participates in a statement / rebuttal debate where all members of the class have an
opportunity to speak."
8th grade block teacher Mary Fitzmaurice says ProCon.org is "a great way to 'kick off' students' research into a current issue." She also says, "Love your site - it just keeps getting better and better - THANK YOU!"
English teacher Andy Cunningham's links to ProCon.org on his reference page with resources for "Controversial Topics for Persuasive Writing." Says ProCon.org is an "informative website that examines contemporary controversial issues by magnifying the pros and cons of each issue."
Teacher uses ProCon.org for class debates and states "My students need to learn how to take a side on an issue and defend it with facts. Pro/con is fabulous for this" and "I absolutely love your program. It really exemplifies the two sides to an issue. The issues are also very pertinent to the students."
6th Grade teacher Ms. Brittnay Webster links and retweets to Standardized Test ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states: "@procon_org I love tying in current events into the classroom. Even as a warm up for the first 5-10 minutes of class."
English teacher M.L. Polson states: "ProCon.org is one of the finest sources for honest research I have found... I used the issue of Cow's Milk to model research - I began with ProCon.org, and then used keywords from the material there to direct my searches using other engines available. It was highly instructive. I have used the site with 10th graders, and now with 6th grade students."
Teacher Laurie J. Rice used ProCon.org for information to prepare for a socratic seminar on gay marriage. She notes "this is a GREAT site and I use it for not only teaching but for personal use as well. I appreciate the lack of bias and the vast amount of info on both sides to allow students to think deeply about previously formed opinions."
Teacher Philip Barber uses ProCon.org in the classroom for "Determining fallacies, loaded questions, leading questions, caricature, etc., and taking a position on a controversial topic, determining the strongest arguments in favor of and against, then writing a persuasive essay on their topics."
Teacher Cindy McDonald uses ProCon.org to "help students give voice to WHY they hold the opinions they do. Many of them HAVE opinions based on their parents. They're good at name-calling and put-downs, but not at defending their own positions. I appreciate this site for helping students find their voices, even though few of them accept the 'other' point of view."
Principal Dr. Daniel Winters' blog for Salt Creek Elementary School teachers. Recommends and links to Standardized Tests ProCon.org: "This is a great collection of articles discussing this issue. This would make an excellent persuasive writing prompt for our upper grade students. Heck, this would be fun to do at a staff meeting."
Teacher Michael Bremer finds ProCon.org useful in the classroom: "I use resources from ProCon for students in advanced Civics classes to spark debate, instruct evaluating sources, and structuring argument."
8th Grade Language Arts teacher Susanna Belanger says that "my students are researching their arguments on gay marriage for a debate in class. They were more than excited to come upon your website, and they found it incredibly helpful. I'll definitely be using your site more in the future."
Teacher Nicholas Kawalec says that "my students were able to collect different views with ease. They had a wide variety of issues to select from and they had a large number of resources to look at all in one place."
Teacher Paul Cryder offers the following: "Recently I asked the students all of the questions that you put together as part of the 2012 presidential election... Many students were very surprised at the results. It helped them look past all of the subjective journalism comments given by the media... It was an excellent exercise."
The library blog posted an entry about ProCon.org: "Just found this great site that is really useful in teaching controversial topics. It is not bias and shows all sides of an issue and it is FREE!! YEAH Free!"
Ms. Snograss' 8th grade students use ProCon.org in a final project requiring research into differing sides of a controversial topic and completion of a 4-6 page paper, a Power Point presentation, and a 8-12 minute speech in front of community members. States that ProCon.org is "invaluable" to the students.
An internet database providing website links to information about colonial life. Links to Under God ProCon.org.
Summit Middle School
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Civics/Government, Communications, Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Journalism, Language Arts, Law, Library/Reference, Media, Political Science, Public Policy, Science, Social Studies, Sociology, Speech/Debate, Other
GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) teacher Ms. Muendel refers students to ProCon.org for use in debates. "I love this site. The arguments and articles are easily understood and thorough. My students enjoy researching information off of this site."
Fifth grade teacher Sarah Cullom uses ProCon.org as a model when teaching research skills: "I used your website with our Smartboard to model a couple things: 1) How to search for an organization using keywords... 2) How to take notes from a website and 3) How to contact an expert."
US History teacher Kristen Andersen used ProCon.org in the classroom by presenting "the pros and cons of one of the issues" to her students and asking them "to discuss and choose which side you would want."
Teacher Adam Fachler had students learn about the events immediately surrounding 9/11, then used ProCon.org's resources to have students write an essay arguing for or against building a mosque near Ground Zero in NYC.
English and History Teacher Mr. Fishback provides resources and critical thinking questions about illegal immigration and same-sex marriage, and links to Illegal Immigration ProCon.org and Gay Marriage ProCon.org.
Theodore Vick Elementary School
Art, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Language Arts, Social Studies
Teacher has used ProCon.org to help students understand different current event issues. "Students should get to know both sides of an issue to think critically about it before choosing a side. This whole process has worked well."
Ms. Debra Weejs uses ProCon.org in the classroom with students to "research and discuss the issue of whether or not violent video games desensitize players to violence and could lead to the increase in mass killings."
Washington Latin Public Charter School links to ACLU ProCon.org's Supreme Court case Board of Education of Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls for a project on landmark Supreme Court cases.
English Language Arts teacher Ms. Laura Quashnie links to ProCon.org under the "Links" section and states: "This site is very helpful for anyone working on a research or persuasive writing assignment. For a multitude of current social issues, both pro and con arguments are given. The page even has a read-aloud button for students who would benefit from hearing the arguments in addition to reading them."
Language Arts and Social Studies teacher Anne Kundtz refers students to ProCon.org for a constitutional issues persuasive essay. "ProCon.org helps them see the 'other side' of an issue they may feel strongly about."