If anyone reading this has other ideas, please, please share them, but here are some of the ones that we came up with. I am also including some of the resources and articles that I found to go with them so that we can develop text sets. Please feel free to use these, but also feel free to share additional resources that you might have!
- Fluoride and whether it belongs in public water.
- Whether farmers should use organic fertilizers (it's a little hard to find con articles about this subject!)
- Chlorine vs salt water pools (again, the trend is definitely toward salt water pools, but there are GREAT opportunities for close reading within this topic!)
I also collected a few articles about what sorts of materials physicians and dentists should use for joint replacements and dental fillings, but I am still processing about whether these are debatable topics. I need to call a couple of my doctor friends.
Perhaps the most insightful call was with a friend who has her doctorate in a field related to sustainable living. She has just eliminated her lawn in favor of pachysandra and suggested debating the pros and cons of lawns--she ran off several reasons to make me think about ground covers other than grass. She also suggested researching about composting, fracking, and fertilizers. Until yesterday, I knew nothing about fracking. What a hugely debatable topic that is!
As we continue our path along integration, I'd love to hear other experiences, and again, my plea is out for debatable topics that relate to elements and compounds.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,