Teachers, librarians, and other educators at 5,400+ schools in 50 states and 66 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.
Social Studies teacher utilizes ProCon.org for current events and controversial issues discussions in class. Says his students find ProCon.org useful because they "were able to look at both sides of an issue before making a decision of their own in most cases"
English teacher Ms. Johnson uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "When my students write persuasive essays and speeches, I have them select a topic from ProCon.org. The information is balanced and complete, allowing students to focus on the skills required for organizing and writing a good essay,without having to take time researching. They love ProCon.org because the topics are relevant and intelligent. They learn and their writing is much better than it was before I discovered your website."
Health education teacher Kallie Haney uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I gave them debatable health topics to research. The site was very informative and allowed them to see both sides of the argument."
Teacher Mike O'Malley uses ProCon.org as a resource for 90 second debates that serve as a "warm-up" for his classes. "Your format allows my students to at least sound (if not actually be) informed on both sides of the issue."
Science Instructor J. Plaxico uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Some of them saw more than one well-argued point of view on the same topic for the first time ever. They had to evaluate this when forming their own opinions."
English teacher Ms. Andrea Walker uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "We used it in a culmination activity on our unit on propaganda. Students selected a topic, researched the issue, and used this information to decide on a position. They then created an advertisement or PSA on the issue incorporating different types of propaganda."
Library Media Specialist Belinda O'Brien uses ProCon.org for public speaking and research paper information. "I refer to it and have in the past; now I am working in South Africa and want to expose my students to it."
Speech and Debate teacher Mr. John Smith uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "We use it for our debate strand and have students assinged a side of the agument and then they use the info to debate their side of the issue."
English teacher Peggy Roberts uses ProCon.org in the classroom stating that "I took the pro-con articles, assigned them to individuals randomly, sorted the whole group by article into two groups (Pro Con), had them read the articles, discuss it with their group, form a consensus and elect one person to debate their position with the selected party from the opposing viewpoint."
English and Special Education teacher David Dixon refers students to ProCon.org while researching for persuasive speeches. "It's a great help to students who struggle with pinpointing good web searches."
Substitute teacher, for Asheville High School, Ms. Jenna Melissas uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Students individually used the site and I just learned about it today. Thank you so much for providing this website!"
English teacher Eileen Fernandez-Parker tells her students to use ProCon.org because "Everything they needed to write an argumentation paper was at their fingertips. I use ProCon.org to expose my students to important social and political issues in a safe, unbiased manner. Using great
materials is of the utmost importance."
Health and Physical Education teacher Ms. Natasha Nunes uses ProCon.org and states: "I assigned the students (in groups) to argue for or against a particular topic, whether they believe the opposite to be true. They had to stand for and develop an argument for or against a controversial topic. We were practicing how to argue civilly and politely and also having an understanding of all sides to a belief."
Library Media Center webpage links to ProCon.org and states: "Provides pro/con essays and links on many controversial topics such as the death penalty, alternative energy, hate crimes, and much more. The site also includes an updated archive on issues."
Special Education teacher Corey Dobbins' Government students use ProCon.org to "research the controversial issues along with court cases we study in class and write summaries and critical response answers to the issues."
Educator Mr. Daniel DuFour uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Used it as a way to teach debate, and hold a debate for Government class. Students had to take a position, defend their position and respond to the other side's position and key points."
English teacher Ms. Lori Wickham uses ProCon.org and states: "We use the website as a means of looking at multiple viewpoints associated with an issue. It aids students in formulating their own positions, and is a useful tool in teaching evidence based writing and thinking as it provides a jumping off point for research and thinking."
English teacher Ms. Mary Beth Aragon uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I have students browse the site every couple of weeks, & pick a topic, then read the latest info on both sides prior to doing some writing about the issue."
Sharon Cooper, Science teacher, links to Vegetarian ProCon.org as a student resource for a unit on natural resources. She asks students to "write a 1 page position paper supporting your notion on how you think you should eat to be healthy" citing data from Vegetarian ProCon.org.
Michelle Houser, Library Media Specialist at Bellmont High School, states about ProCon.org: "Whenever we have a persuasive speech or research paper, I always recommend this site to students and teachers."
Educator Ms. Jill McKelvey uses ProCon.org and states: "I use it when debating controversial topics or research on current events. I also use it when I am preparing lessons to find both sides of issues."
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Civics/Government, Geography, History, Political Science, Social Studies
English Language Arts teacher S. Bell uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "By view the opposing views on various topics, it [ProCon.org] demonstrates how the argument and counter-argument on an issue should relate to one another."
Science teacher Mr. Ken Snow uses ProCon.org and states: "Use ProCon for online discussion forum. Students read the two sides of the issue and then post their own opinion. Other students can then respond."
English teacher Ms. Tanya Bergstein uses ProCon.org and states: "We are doing a unit examining literature through the lens of immigration specifically in how it relates to family relationships, culture and community. We used the historical timeline and I had students refer to the arguments on the site for their final project."
Teacher Michael May uses ProCon.org to help students write persuasive essays. "Your site gives them a wealth of material to practice writing... Thanks for all you do. It is an invaluable resource for both oral and written assignments."
English teacher Ms. Jennifer Palmer uses ProCon.org and states: "I teach debating skills. I am focusing on the speaking skills. I use Pro-con so that students can focus on comparing points of view, and identifying types of supports rather than spending time surfing the net to find information."
Government and Economics teacher Medi Ford uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I used the page on felon voting rights to support a lesson about voting rights in the U.S. Student groups had to present either the Pro or Con side."
High school library provides list of books, articles, and web resources for the debate on the right to health care. Links to Health Care ProCon.org and to our project "Top Pro, Con, & Not Clearly Pro or Con Quotes on the Right to Health Care."
Library webpage links to ProCon.org under the "SOCIAL ISSUES and DEBATE TOPICS PRO & CON" section and states: "Procon.org is a great non-profit website that provides quality information on current debatable issues."
Social Studies and Science teacher uses ProCon.org in class to "provide information for debates on both sides of a controversial topic" and to "inform students regarding candidates' positions on various topics."
Educator Tasneem Khan uses ProCon.org and states: "I use ProCon.org as a stepping stone to a project that we do in class involving controversial issues. I have them do a worksheet that involves getting to know how to analyze and look at two sides of an issue."
History teacher Ms. Ann Browning uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I'm using ProCon to provide students with informational texts to use in the classroom as a means to practice analytic, comprehension, reading, and writing skills in alignment with our College and Career Readiness Standards. The topics are current, relevant, and of high interest. Students are already interested in these topics so exploring them through informational texts is a "no-brainer."
High School history webpage links to 2012 Election ProCon.org under "Step 4: Find the order of succession of the
President of the United States and answer questions 29-30" hyperlink as a resource for a class assignment.
Ms. Therese Servas uses ProCon.org in her classroom to help students "write supported position papers throughout the semester." She states that "ProCon always has relevant, outlined issues that are companions to the cases we study."
Educator Joni Price uses ProCon.org and states: "My students use it when debating controversial topics. I do not tell them which side of the argument they are going to represent so they must familiarize themselves with both."
U.S. History teacher Mr. Martin links to 2012 Election ProCon.org and states: "ProCon.org provides candidate positions and statements on issues, biographies, speeches, videos, and summary charts for each candidate."
Health and Science teacher Ms. Anita Walther uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "In my Medical Law & Ethics class, I use ProCon.org on a regular basis. When learning about controversial topics related to the world of medicine, I believe it is a well-balanced, unbiased website which enables students to view issues from multiple perspectives."
Library Media Specialist Ms. Patricia Kline uses ProCon.org and states: "We use this program with Government classes when they do the bill of rights and mock congress. We use it with 9th-12th grade English classes when they do persuasive and argumentative papers."
English teacher Ms. Kristi McGauley reweets, recommends, and links to ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states: "Seriously though, check out http://procon.org and choose a topic that interests you - maybe sports-related?"
English teach Mr. Ed Bowers uses ProCon.org and states: "I run debate units on controversial topics in my pre-college classes, and I have added your site to a list that the students and I can use to find positions on topics to be researched and debated."
English teacher Glynis Corso refers students to ProCon.org and states: "I gave several prompts for students to use as a spring board for a persausive essay, and then directed them to your site to get whet their appetite."
Cedar Grove High School
Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
A teacher submitted this school, stating "Used your topics and other resources on this site to help with my debate unit. Thanks!"
Advanced Placement US History teacher Ms. Manchac links to 2012 Election ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states that 2012 Election ProCon.org is the "Most comprehensive side by side comparison of ALL parties that I've seen."
Social Studies teacher Martia Weber has students use ProCon.org as a resource while "writing editorials, creating pamphlets and essays, giving two-minute speeches and participating in Socratic Seminars. We will be holding a state-wide mock election, so the information from ProCon.org will be invaluable, as students educate themselves on the issues, so they can formulate their own opinions and take a stand."
Librarians Karen Levy and Julia Loving link to ProCon.org as a database, an argumentative essay resource, a "Debating Topics - Common Core" resource, and link to Video Games ProCon.org under "Rowland's Class."
Consulting Teacher Ms. Mary Kate uses ProCon.org and states: "Students must pick a controversial topic. Then write an unbiased paper for EACH side of the debate. Then I chose a side from the papers and students must be able to defend their side to questions from the class. They do not get to choose which side of the debate they present to the class."
Educator Ms. Sandra Eisenstark uses ProCon.org and states: "
I gave them the website and suggested they find articles and opposing positions to theirs which they had to read and write about. They also could write about their positions."
Bible, Philosophy, Apologetics Teacher Mr. Phil Thompson uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "In philosophy, ProCon material is used to prepare for debates. It is great background material as well as 'point material' for my students. They refer to the issues as actual cases for substantive evidence. Thanks!"
English teacher Ms. Lauren Rabich uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "We use procon.org when working on our argumentative/research standards. Students must differentiate between credible and non-credible websites for information."
English teacher Mr. Brian Sellers uses ProCon.org under the "ProCon.org is useful for helping students learn to anticipate the arguments put forth by their opposition as they write essays and practice their debating skills."
Director and Economics teacher Cathy Melton uses ProCon.org and states: "Senior Seminar is a required course which covers gov't, econ., and ethics through a variety of lenses. My section is based on constitutional rights and court cases concerning those rights. We debate issues of import to the students... so they change each semester. Pro/Con.org is one valuable tool they use to prepare."
Mr. Larson, government teacher, links to ProCon.org under part II of her government website and asks students to "pick one controversial topic," compare presidential candidate views on that topic, and "include your stance on the topic."
Spanish and ESL Teacher Ms. Audrey Martin uses ProCon.org and states: "ESL students are using this website to help develop reading and writing strategies, including writing a strong introduction, reading for details, including supporting details in writing and persuasive vocabulary."
Teacher's Government students used ProCon.org when formulating arguments for a persuasive essay: "ProCon helped them see both sides of an issue (for counter-arguments.) It also did the research, so that they had factual examples to support their views."
Mr. John Taylor uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states that "ProCon.org is one
of the first sites I check when we begin to research motions. Your analysis often provides a wonderful jumping-off point
we can use to kick-start our research."
Social Studies teacher Christopher Dow uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "We were covering the ways that government and religion relate to new scientific advancement through time and used some modern examples from procon.org to help clarify, debate, and participate in a structured academic controversy."
Art and English teacher Ms. Deborah Van Fleet uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "They were assigned to a pro or con of one of your featured issues and had to defend their side in an informal debate-style presentation."
Teacher Travis Armknecht says that "my students used ProCon.org as a starting point for research for debates in our speech class. Many of them used the site not only to research their own side, but to help them with opposition research."
Professor Dennis Maugere said, "I thoroughly enjoy your site as one of the most informed sources available for scholarly involvement of students in high school; your professionalism is sorely needed in this day and age."
Teacher Dr. Susan Castorina uses ProCon.org in the classroom. "My students have troubling identifying cause and effect in ethical considerations; this seems to help them understand all sides of a problem."
Teacher Jeanne Huisjen uses ProCon.org to help students choose an issue and find relevant arguments. Students use ProCon.org "to expand those arguments to see both sides and to get information they could use on their evidence cards."
Teacher Richard L. Helder uses Immigration ProCon.org to test students' ability to identify pro and con arguments. "ProCon is totally great! I've already passed it on to other teachers in the district. Thank you."
Art teacher Valerie Xanos recommends ProCon.org and uses it in class: "(Students) had to write a research paper on their topic and ProCon.org provided the necessary information to do that. It made the students think critically about their topic from both sides of the issue, not just to make snap judgments."
English teacher Ms. Lee Ann Spillane links to Standardized Tests ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states: "Resources for creating document based question or speaking activity around standardized testing."
Teacher at Cyprus High School uses ProCon.org as a student resource for teaching the Second Amendment and as an "on-going source" in a debate program.
D'Iberville High School
U.S. History teacher Mr. Joel Byrd uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I use it as a debate topic resource in my Government class. The students write, research and present their view on the topic assigned."
Students write a persuasive essay in which they choose a controversial topic from ProCon.org. Students use ProCon.org to learn about the topics and form an opinion. I give two lessons in which I show students how to use the website and all the wonderful resources it has to offer.
English teacher Mrs. Alikaj links to ProCon.org under the "Helpful Links" section and states: "This website is a great site that provides facts and opinions on controversial issues. It's a great site to be used especially for persuasive writing."
Government teacher Ms. Mariah Phillips uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I use it for political party and elections and it shows more than just democratic and republican views. Knowing there are more parties out there and what they stand for allows them to think about what they believe more completely."
English teacher Jamie Whitmarsh uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I refer students to the website when teaching persuasive writing. Students gather materials first to prepare for class debate, then for writing a persuasive essay."
Teacher and Librarian Bruce Cummings was happy that ProCon.org was "free and readily available when we could no longer afford a subscription-based 'controversial issues' database." He encourages students "to view the footnotes, sources and source biographies to further their understanding of the perspectives and values that inform the positions take on any given issue."
Mr. Paul Pyle uses ProCon.org to help teach "current social problems" to his class. He likes to "to copy and paste the arguments for and against a position... Then the
students have to sort through them to decide which position they support."
History teacher Mr. Scott Hale links to ProCon.org and states: "This is an excellent website that attempts to give a fair and balanced view of controversial policy issues by providing pro and con arguments."
History teacher Ms. Lynn Evans uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "In preparation for a class debate on the death penalty issue. The site helped me to keep my personal bias out of the conversation."
English teacher Ms. Nicole A. Grant uses ProCon.org and states: "I referred students to procon.org as an alternative to the school-sponsored "Opposing Viewpoints" website, which the students found too challenging to get to."
Media Specialist Amy Lawson "Introduced the website to then 9th grade English classes for use on locating material for their persuasive speeches.... students will have the option to use the website when they begin researching."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Mike Brunstetter uses ProCon.org and states: "I use ProCon.org specifically in the American Government/Civics class that I teach to show students currents issues being debated, talked about, & discussed in our society. This, in turn, helps them connect their learning to real-world events."
Language Arts teacher Ms. Sharon May uses ProCon.org and states: "My students respond to a blog question about a current social issue after reading pro and con editorials from the Salt Lake Tribune. From their blog discussions, students choose one of the issues to develop into an argument essay. I refer students to ProCon.org to help build their arguments and address counterarguments. As part of their writing process, I ask them to reflect on what they learned from the site and how their knowledge and/or perspective has evolved. The process moves students from one-sided opinion based on emotions or assumptions to a balanced, reasoned argument based on evidence and law. The outcome has been excellent learning, both in writing argument and in dealing with complex issues as emerging citizens."
English teacher Sybil Smit uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I encouraged students to use ProCon.org as a starting point when choosing a topic for their persuasive essays. Many students chose topics covered on the ProCon.org website and used the site as a resource for their essay content."
Librarian Ms. Susie Dunbar uses ProCon.org and states: "I use it every single year because every single year there are multiple point-of-view papers or Pro-Con projects or persuasive essays. As the librarian, it is part of my PPT for how to use databases and/or trustworthy websites."
Educator Ms. Mary Judith Leach uses ProCon.org and states: "I use it to encourage the students to investigate further- to search for the Canadian context and to sharpen their legal critical thinking skills."
Social Studies teacher Teri Dine-Edwards says: "My students are learning about how differences in opinion can change the way an event is viewed. I directed them to your site to see examples. I also use it in discussions and pull it up on the classroom smartboard."
Sam Navarez, Teacher and Chair of the History/Social Science Department, uses ProCon.org to have students debate issues and take opposite positions to see how objective the students can be. Mr. Navarez says ProCon.org "is a valuable resource to develop their stance on issues."
Science teacher Jennifer Graeca uses ProCon.org when teaching about bioethical issues in a medical technology class. Her students "use procon.org to help organize their thoughts when we do our 'mock trial'... I find the website very useful when looking for topics to discuss with my biology students as well."
Ms. Koch uses ProCon.org in research paper assignments for AP English Language and Composition as well as for Composition for Juniors. Found ProCon.org to have "great explanations" and "clear and concise overviews to begin in-depth research."
Educator Dawn James uses ProCon.org "as lead-in to discussion of controversial issues on ballots around the country in the recent election" because it "allows students to see both sides of an issue without bias."
Miss Weaver's Current Issues page links to Illegal Immigration ProCon.org under Thursday, April 28th. She advises students that "everyone must start by checking out the immigration page on ProCon.org."
Ms. Carla Morton uses ProCon.org in her classroom. She states that "ProCon was was an invaluable resource in teaching the elements of argument. Seeing both sides of an issue helped my
students to defend their own point of view/position and made them think beyond themselves."
Civics/Government and Economics teacher Frank Collins uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "The students were given an assignment to identify the differences in the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties on a number of key issues."
Spanish teacher Rebeca Rodriguez uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Students are asked to read through a ProCon.org link I provide whenever a related issue is scheduled to be discussed in class. ProCon provides a good, thorough, starting point to help my students develop educated opinions on controversial issues and general critical thinking skills."
Teacher Tom Daugherty says, "In my AP Psychology class, my students debate controversial issues in psychology today. They have done one on whether or not homosexuality is genetic or not and we will shortly use this site to do one on whether video games cause aggression and violence."
Library Media Center links to ProCon.org and states: "The organization accomplishes its mission by researching and presenting a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, and primarily pro-con format on controversial and important issues."
Teacher of multiple high school subjects finds ProCon.org to be a "good reliable starting point for research. Helped to stimulate ideas for taking a position on an issue... Doing classroom based assessments, students use procon.org as a starting point for writing extensive research papers on constitutional issues. They all like using the site."
Teacher Deborah Gillen says "They've used [ProCon.org] for persuasive essays, and it's been a convenient resource for finding pro's and con's side by side. I also appreciate the credibility of the sources; I know that students are not using sites that are unreliable or highly biased."
Educator Mr. Ralph Rust uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I introduce students to the topic, then allow them to read the ProCon arguments for each side of the issue. I often turn the class into a debate at that point and allow it to go back and forth, before bringing everything together at the end and summarizing the main ideas."
Teacher of multiple high school subjects recommends ProCon.org and uses it "for ideas for debate, in history, or medical issues. The students are sent to your site, then they must further research the subject at hand... As they will soon be moving on to either a 2-4 year college or technical college, I believe it is imperative that each student be knowledgeable about the resources available to them for their use."
Social Studies teacher and senior thesis advisor Stephanie Hopkins states that a student "is writing a thesis on the Arab-Israeli conflict, specifically the one-state/two-state solutions. Your web site provided good overview and links to sources. It also presented both sides of this very complicated issue well."
Librarian Ms. Rebecca Isaac uses ProCon.org and states: "We present the library resources for the students to use for their controversial topics, persuasive papers and debates. ProCon.org is one of the resources we recommend, along with our online databases and Opposing Viewpoints book series."
Mrs. Tormes-Garcia's Economics and Government Class Blog. Links to debates on Death Penalty ProCon.org and Under God ProCon.org, describing them as "two good articles for American Government students to read."
The Communications Advisory Committee recommended Social Networking ProCon.org as "A nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents facts, studies, and pro and con statements related to social networking."
Media Specialist Carol Papuga says "We used to have an online database (SIRS) that our county purchased for our use in the schools. Due to budgetary constraints, we had to discontinue our use of fee based databases. We tried ProCon.org for our classes that do debates and it has been very helpful."
English teacher Ms. Tonya Feller uses ProCon.org and states: "As a high school English teacher, students are required to write research papers and present both sides of the topic argument. This is the BEST resource for students to expedite research time and effort in one place with factual support evidence. Pro/Con.org is the only resource I use for research papers and I highly recommended this to all English teachers."
Mr. Davolt's CWP (Contemporary World Problems) class webpage links to Health Care Reform ProCon.org, Illegal Immigration ProCon.org, Abortion ProCon.org, Standardized Tests ProCon.org, and Social Security ProCon.org.
Nate Kogan assigned his class to use several ProCon.org websites because "ProCon.org proved appealing because it pre-screens its sources of evidence and provides researchers with access to substantial, well regarded reports, quotations, and the like."
English and Language Arts teacher Nancy Watson-Weir uses ProCon.org with her students: "I use it constantly in my writing classes. Because the 'sides' are written so professionally, with no tone of bias, it is much easier for my students who are emotionally 'settled' in their thoughts to see beyond their views."
English teacher Sara Rodrigues refers students to ProCon.org when teaching persuasion. "You're doing a great job! Thanks for all your hard work; it shows because I have watched your site grow and change."
Government and Economics teacher Mr. Torey Frisina uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I use the pro and con arguments to set up students to takes sides and make a claims in debates and persuasive essays that are used as writing works samples."
English teacher D. Christian uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "My students were assigned a controversial topic research paper, and ProCon.org was a great place to focus their topics into an in-depth, meaningful product."
High school teacher Dave Acanfora recommends ProCon.org and has students use it to "analyze issues in Government and then identify the Political Party that supports or disagrees with their position on the issue."
English and History teacher Ms. Debrah Davidson uses ProCon.org and states: "In a unit on classical argumentation, Rogerian argumentation, and Toulmin argumentation, it [ProCon.org] provided a springboard for structuring their essays and research into the issues."
Mr. McAuley's "Participation in Government" page provides a weekly schedule of online reading related to various government and political topics. Links to Right to Health Care ProCon.org and Medical Marijuana ProCon.org.
Katie Kneisley, English Department Chair, uses ProCon.org "in support for semester research projects based on This American Life," and to "aid students involved in Young Democrats/Young Republicans debates."
Social Studies teacher Ms. Linda Mooney uses ProCon.org and states: "I teach GED prep. My students use your site to help them learn to read both sides of each issue, form an opinion then substantiate that position."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Joseph Errichiello uses ProCon.org and states: "I have developed many lessons including debates in my Participation in Government class. I enjoy watching the students express their opinions and candid observations regarding hot topic issues."
Business Education teacher Jamie Dunlap says, "I use them to debate issues, especially ones that students THINK they know both sides. As a teacher, I want students to make up their own minds of issues and sometimes I don't even know both sides. Love your site!"
Library Media Specialist Kesha Legagneur encourages the use of ProCon.org "when students are considering controversial topics. This site gives them two perspectives to consider. I
think they can gain appropriate search terms for scholarly articles as well."
Teacher and literary coach Mr. Georgann Ziemniak uses ProCon.org in the classroom to help students "debate in English class and social studies class." He states that "students who NEVER have an
idea or NEVER can find anything to support their hypothesis are usually very pleased with ProCon.org."
George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science
Library Media Specialist Brenda Maiden says, "Teaching a 12th grade senior seminar class, it is another valuable resource for their research paper... Extremely useful for research and citing their information."
Student teacher Megan Gallagher says, "I am teaching a current events class and I frequently will ask the students to do some research into the issues to prepare
for discussion. ProCon.org has become one of their 'go to' sites because of the balance of information that is available."
Leadership Teacher Shawn uses ProCon.org with students as "a reference for data and to strengthen their arguments in their papers." He also says that ProCon.org "is essential to critical thinking and for moral and cognitive development."
Educator Lesa Salters used ProCon.org for "argumentative essays, ideas list, persuasive writing, political candidates. I use this resource for Acc. Engl. II, AP Language and Composition, and Philosophy and Reason. Thank you for your help!"
Media Specialist Debra Davis says, "New Common core standards have propelled critical thinking and writing into all areas of the curriculum. This can mean a HUGE change to curriculum and that usually means HUGE amounts of time for teacher planning. ProCon give an immediate resource for teachers to access for all areas of the curriculum."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Rick Ober uses ProCon.org and state: "I use it as a jumping off point for research for our debates. Students can get a sense of where they might fall in a debate and begin researching the topics that they will use or confront in debate."
English Department Chair and teacher Ms. Monica Dyer uses ProCon.org in the classroom as "As a starting point for researching social issues in society today- we are practicing using rhetorical devices in our writing."
English teacher Ms. Jamie Wang uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I have students choose a topic from there for their persuasive essay. Then, they use facts from that website to support their arguments."
Social Studies Department Chair Mr. Chris Irwin uses ProCon.org in the classroom "while teaching the Local State and National Government course. For example, I use the site as a resource for students writing position papers, researching for in-class debates, drafting model legislation, mock trial activities and creating public opinion polls."
History teacher Robert Mimms' resource page with internet links for homework. He suggests his students use ProCon.org "to become more aware of current political, economic and social events throughout the world."
Library Guide links to ProCon.org as a database for use in debate of the book Brave New World. It describes ProCon.org as "An award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to providing information on all sides of controversial questions."
English Instructor Beth Layne uses ProCon.org as a source for students to utilize in completing research papers and presentations on controversial issues. She notes that "an informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will."
AP English Teacher Cindy Cavanaugh has students "obtain a research topic from the list you provide. The additional resources you provide on your website for each topic made their research progress smoothly."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Gregg Dold uses ProCon.org in the classroom to present both sides of biases arguments and states: "The only one I have used so far is Capital Punishment, and I have had a difficult time finding good, credible sources on the side that supports."
English teacher and Technology Coordinator Gary Latman links to ProCon.org in his resources good for visual learners area because ProCon.org "deals with issues in a well organized and engaging manner."
Mr. Henchen's course assigns students' weekly assignments. Week six instructs students to take steps in civic action by learning about an issue before taking action. Links to ProCon.org among four websites provided for students to "consider many different perspectives."
History and Social Studies teacher Ms. Monica Winkley uses ProCon.org and states: "In my 10th grade World History and 12th grade Contemporary World Issues classes we have once a week current event debates."
Librarian Heather Lister says, "Procon.org is one of the first places that I, as a teacher visit, and one of the first places I direct my students. I feel it is unbiased, and has a wealth of quality information."
AP Language and Composition teacher Ms. Leslee Meek links to ProCon.org and states: "Use the website above to read about controversial topics. These 'hot topics' are good practice for the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test that all juniors will take on Sept. 24, 2014."
Humanities teacher Dr. Alec Patton links to ProCon.org and states: "Lots of controversial issues come down to more than just facts. For these, you need to seek out multiple points of view. A good place to start is ProCon.org, which will give you different perspectives on controversial issues."
Social Studies teacher Wade Westworth uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "It allowed them to get balanced, informed research on an issue, which in turn allowed them to form an intelligent argument on the issue and defend it logically."
Library blog showcases ProCon.org as the "Website of the Week." The librarian reviewing ProCon.org writes "It's pretty interesting... This could definitely be a good place for starting some Current Issues research."
Ms. Liat Bearden, Secondary Teacher CTE, uses ProCon.org in the classroom. She states that "Students study the PRO and the CON of a selected topic, choose a stance and learn to argue their point. Great preparation for college level writing, and it develops their ability to think critically."
Educator Ms. Penelope Hays uses ProCon.org and states: "We have our 8th graders do a massive research project during their last year with us, which teaches them organizational, research, and thinking skills."
Library webpage links to ProCon.org under the "WRITING TOOLS" section and states: "Great site for controversial issue papers! Lots of resources for lots of topics. Provides main ideas for each topic and links to the source."
Mr. Holmes, US History teacher, posted a link to 2012 Election ProCon.org on the 5/10 student assignment to learn about President Clinton. He asks students to take the 2012 Election ProCon.org candidate quiz.
English teacher Ms. Sabrina Alexander uses ProCon.org and states: "
I used Pro/Con to challenge students' thinking about how they see current policies being debated about in their world. Pro/Con engaged them in viewing both sides than taking a stand and making a claim for their arguments."
Librarian Ms. Baker lists ProCon.org as a current themes resource for high school English argumentative writing. Mr Crowe also lists ProCon.org for his class and ProCon.org is linked as a high school history resource.
Ms. Leslie Howes uses ProCon.org in her classroom to help her students with their oral assessments and a unit where they "look critically at the
role of social media." She states that Social Networking ProCon.org is "assigned reading."
Teacher/Debate Coach Douglas Tackmann says "In teaching debate, I start with ProCon to get the kids thinking. We compete in Student Congress so ProCon helps us write legislation... Last year was our first year using the site. We placed #2 in the new school division and #27 overall!"
Teacher Theresa Chavez uses ProCon.org "to help students craft debates, persuasive papers, and to reinforce critical thinking skills." She says ProCon.org "breaks the issues down into manageable concept[s]."
Educator Ms. Ashley Wilson uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "We used the computer labs for a three day lesson. On day one, I had my students complete a Webquest to explore the website and list topics they were interested in. Then they selected one topic and filled in a graphic organizer with information found on the site. On day two, they were to take a stance and start writing about the arguments and counterarguments. Day three was reserved for revising and editing their work. The students enjoyed the lesson because they had the freedom to choose topics that interested them, and they got to have a voice in the matter. It forced them to think critically about their own beliefs, and to find evidence to support them."
J. Sterling Morton High School
Civics/Government, Language Arts, Library/Reference
Social Studies teacher Ms. Carter links to Healthcare Reform ProCon.org and states: "The website ProCon.org says that health care plans are and example of promoting the general welfare becuase health care keeps the people safe and healthy. This site also lists the top ten Pros and Cons about health care."
Communications and Speech teacher Ms. Gayla Wood uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Great resource for students researching various debate and extemp speaking topics.
My student use PC's, laptops, and tablets during class, in order to grasp the prevalent positions on TFA and UIL debate resolutions. They must prepare Affirmative AND Negative (Pro & Con) cases for each TFA and UIL topic released; "ProCon.org" is an invaluable resource and timesaving tool for debate students."
Mr. Gregory uses ProCon.org in his classroom, stating that he "plans to develop lesson plans" using ProCon.org. He also stated that "it provides a helpful introduction to students learning how to analyze current events and how to write argumentative essays."
Librarian Diana Hoke uses ProCon.org "with senior composition students who research and choose a side on a controversial issue for their major research paper assignment. Also, I have shared the site with our Current Issues class in the social studies department and with the debate classes in our language arts department... [I]t provides facts and not just opinions. The set up of the site allows students to consider various angles to controversial questions."
Library Coordinator Julie Greene says "ProCon covers many of the topics that interest our students. It's also a great idea generator if they are unsure of a topic to choose... I've had great feedback from our teachers on ProCon.org as well. We love it."
Teacher and Librarian Ms. Julie Boyer uses ProCon.org in the classroom and tells students "students to refer to it before other websites as ProCon.org
tends to have all the info they need in one place. Information is accurate so I often tell students to refer to the site even
for assignments that do not include debate."
The school's resource guide to the 2008 Presidential Election includes a page devoted to ProCon.org, "an excellent website offering different things to the 2008 election researcher... great info." Links to 2008 Election ProCon.org
AP Language Arts teacher Ms. Nancy C. Nelson uses ProCon.org and states: "My students are choosing a topic and an argument from your website that they will research in depth. They will be writing an argumentative research paper and, also presenting their argument to the class using either an Ignite format, Prezi or PPT or other creative media format such as created video, debate, etc."
English teacher Michelle Wolff uses ProCon.org as an example of pro-con issues. She shows her "students how there is evidence for both sides of a given issue and that they need to use credible sources for their arguments."
Debate Coach James Peterson has "no doubt that my students and I will be using your site. I perused it briefly and and read all your accolades and I know that we will use you as a source for information. We are going to a congress debate in just a few weeks and I know we will be researching bill topics on your site."
Educator Ms. Kristine Holmes uses ProCon.org and states: "
During a debate unit. They have to research an argument, take a stand then present their side of the debate. Sometimes I use it for whole group debates."
School Director Diane Tyson uses ProCon.org as a tool for persuasive essays and speeches. "This website is wonderful. Very easy to navigate and understand. The information is succinct and easy to understand. I also appreciate that you try to stay in the middle and balance the arguments on both sides."
Library Media Specialist Terrie Hazard collaborates with teachers on research projects where she suggests both print and non-print materials which support students' learning objectives. She notes that "ProCon.org is a wonderful resource for our students."
Library Media Specialist Terrie Hazard collaborates with teachers on research projects where she suggests both print and non-print materials which support students' learning objectives. She notes that "ProCon.org is a wonderful resource for our students."
Social Studies teacher Pat Wilson uses ProCon.org and states: "I use information from the site to focus debates in my class regarding various hot button issues that are applicable to todays society. I also use the arguments and associated citations for directing my students to helpful resources regarding said topics."
English teacher T. Braunstein loves "the site and recommend[s] it wholeheartedly. The pro-con format allows students to assess and weigh both sides of an issue, encouraging them to draw their own conclusions while at the same time illustrating that there are no easy answers."
Classified Librarian Catherine Zaharris says, "I will be using it at the end of next semester with my sophomores and juniors. These students have to write a report/speech on a controversial issue and I am glad they have a reliable website to use."
ESL teachers Mrs. Marquez, Ms. Baden, and Ms. Randall offer a research guide for their English Language Learner students, listing helpful online resources. Links to ProCon.org and the Spanish language site ProCon.org.es.
CJ McDonald, a Civics/Government, History, and Social Studies teacher used ProCon.org in the classroom because it "offered arguments from each side," and helped students "take perspective and evaluate arguments."
English teacher Ms. Joanie Haynes uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Students are assigned different controversial topics to write about/discuss in a socratic seminar session. They need to be prepared to present both sides of the issue."
Mr. Ferlazzo's website post "The Best Sites for Students to Create & Participate in Online Debates" describes ProCon.org as presenting "very well-researched pro and con positions" and a "good model or students to use as they craft their own positions."
A librarian at Lyme Central uses ProCon.org to "get good arguments and background information for a variety of social studies and health topics... You do a wonderful job on the website... so WELL organized and accessible to my students."
Educator and Director Mr. Bill Eddy utilizes ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Thank you, very much for this incredible service you are providing, which definitely seems to be improving education and encouraging critical thinking in our students. You are very much appreciated."
Teacher at Malibu High School offers a 9th grade English class "that is health and ethics combined, so I print out your pro-con pages on topics, have them write about them in their journals, and the next day we debate the topic."
Media Specialist Ms. Lylah Lockridge uses ProCon.org and states: "This is actually my first year as a high school media specialist, but I've referred my high school colleagues to your site before, as well as the coordinator of the speech & debate team at my daughter's high school. My daughter has also used your site to prepare for her summer at Junior Statesmen of America, where they engage in nightly debates."
Teacher Robert Kuhnert has students "research controversial issues prior to discussing them in my Honors American Government classes. ProCon.org is one of the best sources for this research. Following the class discussion, students must make an entry in their online Issues Journals detailing what they believe about the issue and why they believe what they do. ProCon.org is perfect for exposing students to a variety of perspectives on an issue which translates into greater tolerance and understanding of opposing viewpoints during positive and respectul discourse during class discussions."
Ms. Mary Linton uses ProCon.org in the classroom "as a foundation for teaching the students about arguments. I hope that they will see that decisions
can be complex and that there are advantages and disadvantages to decisions."
History teacher Candace Bolles uses ProCon.org and states: "ProCon.org often gives different sides of the same argument. This really helps me get across the point to my students that every issue has at least 2 sides and you can use the same data to help support both sides of an argument. It helps them to think critically about which argument is strongest."
Teacher L Brewer finds ProCon.org useful for students to clarify positions for research and lead them to substantial research articles. For upper-level classes, L Brewer uses ProCon.org for an analysis of sources to determine who is biased or unbiased, and appreciates ProCon.org's clear organization for classroom use.
Librarian Lise Whatley refers students to ProCon.org. "I find your site extremely helpful when I need to show students how to look at a subject from both sides. It has also been useful in providing quotes and arguments to use in our debates."
Michael J. Petrides School
Staten Island, New York
Civics/Government, Economics, Geography, Political Science
Library Media Specialist Ms. Lindsey Hintelmann uses ProCon.org and states: "My students cover many ethical issues in their studies. I find ProCon.Org useful in helping them see both sides of an issue."
Teacher Shirley states: "We used Procon.org to research a controversial issue. We needed a balanced presentation for the issue of the legalization of medical marijuana." She also says: "I love your website!"
Requires students to read portions of Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org before writing a personal account of a major event in the history of the conflict from the point of view of an Israeli or Palestinian student. Links to ProCon.org
Teacher uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states that it provides "students with a solid framework to gain a clear understanding of certain issues. This understanding gave students a sense of direction as they searched for additional evidence to enhance their arguments. It's easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of information available today."
Political Science teacher Ms. Rachel Field Dennis uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I am using ProCon.org materials to set students up with their topics for Civic Action Literacy projects."