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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Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy – Key Principles and Practices

Current Issue | 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.   

Opioid Crisis Issue Discussion

The Opioid Crisis

Current Issue |

Explore the background of the opioid crisis, examine actions promised by the Trump administration, and weigh the pros and cons of the paths forward. Consider which level of government should be responsible for combating the opioid crisis, and outline your own policy prescription. 


Current Issue | September 6, 2019

Consider six proposals for reforming the immigration system, identifying the advantages and drawbacks of each. Discuss which proposals you would support or oppose, and suggest other ideas for addressing the issue.

Climate Change

Current Issue | August 6, 2018

Evaluate six proposals that the United States could incorporate into its energy and environmental policies. Consider the pros and cons of each proposal and which option(s) you would most likely support. 

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