Teachers, librarians, and other educators at 4,500+ schools in 50 states and 65 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."
Anderson Elementary uses the 2013-2014 ELA/ELD Curriculum Guide for the Compton School District, which references Standardized Tests ProCon.org. Students use the website as part of an assignment to form an opinion for or against standardized tests.
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."
Bunche Elementary uses the 2013-2014 ELA/ELD Curriculum Guide for the Compton School District, which references Standardized Tests ProCon.org. Students use the website as part of an assignment to form an opinion for or against standardized tests.
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."
Humanities teacher Pollyanna Sidell uses ProCon.org and states: "
Students used this as a basis for research on topics assigned. Students compared your information to news and articles to find the bias in stories. Being able to look at your materials allow them to point out various types of fallacies in their research. Ultimately, we hope this makes more scholars, more critical thinkers, and better writers."
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."
Clinton Elementary uses the 2013-2014 ELA/ELD Curriculum Guide for the Compton School District, which references Standardized Tests ProCon.org. Students use the website as part of an assignment to form an opinion for or against standardized tests.
English teacher Ms. Allison Ku uses ProCon.org and states: "I am pulling articles from ProCon.org for students to read in preparation for collaborative discussions and writing assignments on controversial topics."
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."
Language Arts teacher Ms. Bridget Lankford uses ProCon.org and states: "We used an article from the ProCon.org website to compose a persuasive/argument paper that presented an argument and counter-argument. The informational texts, charts, and pro/con lists are helpful in exposing my students to various types of media from which they may glean information, facts, and supporting details."
Emerson Elementary uses the 2013-2014 ELA/ELD Curriculum Guide for the Compton School District, which references Standardized Tests ProCon.org. Students use the website as part of an assignment to form an opinion for or against standardized tests.
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."
English teacher Ms. Quinn links to Standardized Test and Tablets vs. Textbooks ProCon.org under the "The Following are links for your two editorial topic choices" section as a resource for a class assignment.
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."
Kennedy Elementary uses the 2013-2014 ELA/ELD Curriculum Guide for the Compton School District, which references Standardized Tests ProCon.org. Students use the website as part of an assignment to form an opinion for or against standardized tests.
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."
History teacher Mr. Dan Teeter uses ProCon.org and states: "I recommend that students use ProCon.org as a reliable source for research projects, particularly for their Washington State required, Classroom Based Assessment."
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."
Language Arts teacher Jackie Ellis uses ProCon.org and states: "
I use ProCon.org to find articles that are on the same topic to help my students to analyze works written on the same topic and compare how the authors achieved similar or different purposes."
English teacher Mr. Paul Nichols uses ProCon.org in the classroom "as part of a Project-based Learning unit of study. Students research a topic, becoming familiar with both sides of a question. Next, they develop a way to present their findings and share the viewpoint they have developed. Persuasive writing, oral presentation, debate in front of class."
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."
Special Education Teacher Ms. Donna DeMaria uses ProCon.org and states: "We are teaching persuasive writing. We gave students a list of potential topics to choose from. We then gave them a list of resources to do some research about their topic. ProCon.org was an essential piece of the references students utilized."
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."
Language Arts teacher Ms. Jennifer Toney uses ProCon.org and states: "My students are writing argument essays. This site was an incredible resource to provide two sides to so many topics. I would like to see more child-friendly topics to make it even more useful."
Shattuck Middle School
English, History, Public Policy, Social Studies, Other
Language Arts teacher Genevieve Di Giulio uses ProCon.org and states: "
I use it for my AVID class, when we practice Socratic Seminars and to practice "marking the text" to find details of support for a topic and to summarize each paragraph. I use it in my 8th grade language arts classroom to do the same as above."
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!"
Computer teacher Ms. Christine Poulsen uses ProCon.org and states: "I discovered your site via EasyBib.com and I initially used your Tablets vs Textbooks article to teach proper use of the auto cite tool, adding all information that is available from your site. I have also used your site to help students find a topic for an argument that they feel strongly about. Thanks."
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."
Educator Ms. Elizabeth Updyke uses ProCon.org and states: "It is always good to read both sides of a debate before making a decision. My students too easily believe what those around them believe without looking into the topic."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Leanne Westphal, an educator in the Social Science department, lists ProCon.org as an online resource for her American Government and Economics classes, and plans to use the site "heavily" during the 2012 presidential election.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."