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This activity gives youth the opportunity to explore their feelings about capital punishment.
Announce a group debate about capital punishment. Capital punishment means punishing somebody for a crime by putting them to death. Some people think that it is the right thing for governments to do; some people think that it is the wrong thing. What does your group think?
Divide the group into pro and con subgroups. If possible, arrange chairs so the two sides face each other.
Announce rules for the debate. It is probably easiest to keep things informal and to give each side thirty seconds or a minute at a time to speak and then go back and forth until time or ideas run out. Encourage the teams to listen to each other and to respond to specific points made. Remind participants to be respectful.
As the debate progresses, have a leader moderate to keep things going smoothly and without rancor.
Be sure to save time to process the debate. Several questions you might ask include:
Make sure the group does not become so involved in the debate that it feels divisive.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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