We offer these lesson plan ideas to help teachers cover important skills in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Each SKILLS-BASED IDEA and CONTENT-BASED IDEA suggests specific ProCon.org topics and resources that are particularly well-matched to the lesson and designed to help you meet multiple curriculum goals.
Our lesson plan ideas were developed in partnership with Dr. Faith Rogow, award-winning curriculum developer (www.InsightersEducation.com) and co-founder of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). All standards referenced are taken from the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) English Language Arts-Literacy Section (www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy).
Call to Action Letter Have students write a "call to action" letter about an issue that includes their positions on the issue, why individuals should act, and at least three things they should do to help the cause.
Critical Thinking Quotes Engage students in a metacognition exercise about critical thinking and also practice research and informational writing skills using ProCon.org's collection of critical thinking quotes.
Hunting for the Main Idea(s) Use ProCon.org headline articles to help students learn how to effectively highlight their assigned readings by practicing how to distill main ideas from an informational text.
Using Tweets to Build an Online Debate As a way to assess understanding of both pro and con arguments about an issue, and also to practice clear, concise writing, have students create a fictional Twitter debate, tweeting from pro, con, and neutral perspectives.
Best of Enemies Film Discussion Guide Watch the documentary Best of Enemies, or excerpts from this award-winning film, and then consider and discuss important questions about political conventions, pundits, television debate, and where our nation’s political discourse may have gotten its often nasty tone. [Note: This high-resolution PDF file is over 16 MB and may take a few seconds to load. A lower-resolution PDF file (13 MB) is also available.]