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POINT-COUNTERPOINTRole plays explore major historical and cultural controversies



Within familiar television discussion formats, students role-play key figures or characters representative of particular viewpoints to explore major historical and cultural controversies. Issues from the 1960s include the counterculture, women's roles, Vietnam, poverty, and Mayor Daley vs. Tom Hayden; the 70s unit features Jane Fonda vs. Nixon, Ford's pardon of Nixon, Three Mile Island, the Iran hostage crisis, altruism vs. the "me" generation, and an exercise guru vs. a couch potato. Comprising 11 debate pairings, the simulations supply emcee's guides, role descriptions, and essay prompts. An entire "decade" of debates is designed to run for one class period, though any may stand alone for maximum flexibility. Grades 7–12. Interact.

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QuantityOrder CodeISBNMedia/ContentPrice
INT968-WBSSS 9781573362849 11 debates $69.95
INT968E-WBSSS Downloadable version (3.2 MB) $69.95

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