Teacher Review for ProCon.org

Great go-to source for students looking for both sides of an argument.

Rae O.
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Students are to research and take a stance on an issue. Often times this site is the first step to narrowing a topic, reading about both sides of the issue, and finding other resources to explore. The beauty of this site is that it describes the issue, presents background information on the issue, presents arguments for both sides of the issue, when available has a video library on the issue, and presents additional resources to investigate.
My Take
This is a wonderful tool to scaffold research and argument writing. Note, it is a scaffolding tool and not to be used as a sole source for teaching students how to research. It is extremely useful in getting students to look at the context of an issue and recognize that their are different perspectives on an issue. The one drawback of this site is that students may become too reliant on finding information in one spot and this may stunt their developing advanced researching skills.