Lesson Plan: The Great Debate Context of the unit

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Curricula for K-12 Civics Education

Lesson Plan: The Great Debate

Context of the unit: This unit is a year-long unit that will focus on a persuasive debate every month. The previous debate before this one was a pop culture debate to give the students an introduction about debates and persuasive writing. Each debate will be recorded and podcasted on my website. Also, the students will write persuasive essays to show them how a debate is formatted and to provide content for their debate.

Context of the lesson: This lesson follows the unit on the formation of the U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution in the student’ social studies textbook. Also, this lesson follows the first lesson of the students’ pop culture debates and a persuasive writing lesson.
Standards Addressed in the Unit:

Language Arts Standards:


2.4 Write persuasive letters or compositions:

  1. State a clear position in support of a proposal.

  2. Support a position with relevant evidence.

  3. Follow a simple organizational pattern.

  4. Address reader concerns.


2.2 Deliver informative presentations about an important idea, issue, or event by the following means:

  1. Frame questions to direct the investigation.

  2. Establish a controlling idea or topic.

  3. Develop the topic with simple facts, details, examples, and explanations.

History Standards:

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