We began class with students getting into groups based on their opinion on the death penalty (for, against, somewhere in between, etc). Then, groups worked to discuss and compile a list of the most convincing arguments for their group's position. Each group then had a chance to share their strongest arguments with the class.
I was very impressed with the level of maturity and respect shown in these discussions. We will be doing more current topic discussions like this in the future, and I will be expecting the same level of maturity in future discussions.
Your homework is to read the attached article on the events of 9/11 and complete the comprehension questions.