Family relationships. Divorce.

Subject: Social studies
Summary: Lesson discusses the issue of divorce. Students think and brainstorm about different marital situations and use the method of forum debate to discuss the question of divorce.
Activity length: Duration is 45 minutes.
Objectives:
  • Students will analyze whether divorce is the best solution to a broken marriage.
  • Students develop their argumentation and analytical skills during the course of the forum debate.
Preparation:

Students have to know the Forum debate rules. Students know De Bono hats (http://www.debonogroup.com/six_thinking_hats.php).

Previous lessons should be spent on reading different texts and watching videos on divorce topic.

Teacher should prepare the following: pieces of paper with family situations for every student in the circle, copies of reflection sheet, paper and pens for brainstorming in groups.

Description:

Part 1: Circle

Students sit in a circle. Each of them gets a piece of paper with a situation of a family.  They read the sentences silently and each of them says yellow or black depending on the situation they get. Teacher comments on the paradox of the diversity of people, lives and families and that we all have to go to school, jobs, continue learning, working, enjoying life no matter what the situation in the family is.

Part 2: Brainstorming

Students are divided into two groups and brainstorm for ideas about what people do when their marriage is broken. Groups choose one person to present the ideas.

Groups think how this situation is reflected on others.  Groups choose another person to present the ideas.

Part 3: Forum debate

Topic of the forum debate: “Divorce is the best solution in a broken marriage”

The 2 teams are given their role (pro or con) and the speaking order.

Speech of the affirmative speaker. 5 min. Speaker gives reasons why the topic of the debate is true.

Crossfire. 2-3 min. Class can ask questions from the previous speaker.

Speech of the negative speaker. 5 min. Speaker gives reasons why the topic of the debate is not true.

Crossfire. 2-3 min. Class can ask questions from the previous speaker.

General discussion. 2-3 min.

Affirmative speech. 2 min.

Negative speech. 2 min.

Voting for or against divorce in a broken marriage. Based on the debate class votes on whether they agree with the statement presented by the topic or not.

Part 4: Reflection

Students are given reflection templates with questions:

What went well?

That did not work!

Ideas for next time…

Templates are given to the teacher at the end of the lesson.

Assessment:

Speakers of the debate are assessed with marks.

Active students are given points for an accumulative grade.