Issue Discussions

Bring Close Up methodology directly into your classroom with our lesson plans, student activities, and debate structures.

A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Current Issues 

Whether you’re teaching online or in the classroom, Close Up has a series of engaging lesson plans, student activities, and guided debate structures to help you facilitate civil discussion about current issues and help your students take real, effective action in their community. Many of our lessons seamlessly integrate our Controversial Issues in the News reading materials into classroom discussions and debates that are productive and engaging while offering multiple perspectives. 

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Health Care – Key Principles and Tensions

Issue Discussion | November 7, 2019

Gain an understanding of why health care reform is one of the most controversial issues in the United States. Consider several enduring tensions in health care policy, and learn about the programs and laws that have been proposed throughout history and those that still exist today.


U.S. Government – Structure, Principles, and Tensions

Issue Discussion | November 4, 2019

Examine the structure of the federal government, explore long-standing tensions that exist within the Constitution, and gain a basis for understanding major political and policy debates.


Impeachment Issue Discussion

Impeachment: A Primer

Issue Discussion | October 28, 2019

Develop an understanding of the impeachment process as laid out in the Constitution. Learn the key terms, phrases, and historical context to provide a foundation for impeachment proceedings.


The Parkland School Shooting

Issue Discussion | September 25, 2019

Examine five proposals to make schools safer and reduce gun violence, and determine how enforceable, just, and effective each proposal may be. Discuss which proposals you would favor, change, or reject, and suggest other proposals for enhancing school safety. 


Foreign Policy – Key Principles and Practices

Issue Discussion | September 7, 2019

Should the United States downsize its role in global affairs?  Examine the principles and practices that shape the United States’ strategies when dealing with other countries. Consider the nation’s role in global affairs, and whether or not that level of involvement should change.   


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