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  • Comparative Controversy is a tool from Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works (McREL, 2018) that, "engages students in comparing and contrasting critical content as they take and defend positions on content-related controversies." As indicated in the book, this tool

    • Develops students' comparative analysis skills
    • Promotes active conversations and deeper understanding of critical content
    • Uses controversy and debate to stimulate student engagement
    • Develops students' ability to support a position with solid reasons and evidence
    • Provides essential speaking and listening skills

    The AVID Philosophical Chairs process provides an excellent format for integrating comparative controversies into instruction. Information on Philosophical Chairs can be found in the resources section on the righthand side of this page.