Duration: 10 minutes
Type: Small Groups
- On small pieces of paper, write "agree" on half of the papers and "disagree" on half of the papers.
- Put students in small groups and pass out the pieces of paper so that half of the students in each group agree and half disagree.
- Then read a controversial statement for students to debate.
- The controversial statements can be silly or serious. The point of the activity is to get students talking.
- Here are some example statements you could read:
- Teachers should not give homework.
- All children should be required to learn a 2nd language.
- All students should be required to learn cooking.
- Schools should not have the summer off; they should continue in school year-round.
- All adults should have to walk around with a chicken on their heads.
- We should send people to live on the moon.
- Children should not watch TV or play video games.
- Students should have to run to school, not take a bus.
- We should change "Hi" to "You are awesome."
- Everyone should learn how to write with their feet as well as their hands.
Have you tried this activity? How did it go? Leave your comments below!