If you don’t yet see the topic you’re planning to discuss on the AllSides for Schools lesson plans list, you can still use AllSides for Schools resources to structure a lesson with your students on any topic of your choice. This page will guide you through the process of designing your own lesson plan.
Select a Topic
AllSides and Living Room Conversations can help you find additional topics, as well as provide information and content on topics of your choosing.
- Choose from a list of nearly 100 Living Room Conversation guides and dozens of AllSides topics.
- Explore the AllSides Balanced Newsfeed to find information on current events.
- Search terms on AllSides Balanced Search to quickly and easily see multiple perspectives on topics and issues and aggregate content for students.
Plan Your Lesson
- STUDENT DEBATES: Have students read selected articles to prepare their position on the selected topic and then discuss and debate the issue across differences.
- MEDIA LITERACY & RESEARCH: Talk with students about how to using a variety relevant search terms and keywords to enhance the process of research, as well as how to identify which sources are credible and which should be avoided.
- STUDENT PRESENTATION: Have students explore a selected topic page on AllSides and create a presentation based on their work.
- REVEAL BIAS: Have students look up words in the AllSides Red Blue Translator™ to reveal how different people from across the political spectrum think and feel about the same term or issue.
- DIALOGUE & DISCUSSION: Have your students to participate in a healthy, collaborative conversation with each other or with other students across the country. Students can engage in several ways:
- Online via Mismatch.org
- In person using conversation guides from Living Room Conversations
- Text Dialog via AllSides ConsiderIt
- Please feel free share your opinions on the ConsiderIt questions or request a new agree/disagree question be posted.
- Students are encouraged to backup their opinions with research.