Students participated in our first Structured Academic Controversy around the subject of school lunches. We read several articles (here) after which children were assigned a position to answer this question, should schools ban lunches from home? Naturally, some children did not want to argue that home lunches should be banned. It is important, however, that students be able to take positions that they might not agree. Likewise, it is something that will help them as they move through the grades and have to support both claims and counterclaims in their speaking and writing.
After students researched and rehearsed, partners got to debate other teams of two. It is impressive how well the students did and how they were able to convince their peers of why they might be right.