How I Use It
I've used this in my 11th grade English class as a way to teach argumentation, including counterarguments and rebuttals. By having students read about both sides of the issue (often in a point-counterpoint format), I can teach (and they can practice) how to weave a counterargument and rebuttal into their writing. There are enough topics that we can find one that most students are interested in, therefore increasing student buy-in.
I also recommend students use this website when they write their controversial topic research paper. It is a good source to begin with because the articles are clear and easy to read.
I love the overview and extra resources that are included. After each side is presented, students can read other articles that give the history or background surrounding the issue and even watch videos that can extend their knowledge on the topic. I wish there was a wider variety of topics, although new topics are added frequently. For example, they have included resources relating to the Syrian refugee crisis and the 2016 election. Struggling readers may have problems accessing all of the information, but the videos can help with that.