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Talking about 'fake news':

Do you have personality? Do you have values?

In this section, you will learn to analyze and to give reasons based on scientific evidence to prove or refute 'fake news', conspiracy theories, stereotypes... Do you believe 'doubters' or 'spoilers' statements, really?

Debate issue: Microplastics and Ocean Plastic Debris

Preparation: Individually, watch the video, and then, read this news: "What are microplastics?"

The debate:

  1. Individually, in your notebook, you should write down in two columns reasons to ban or control the plastics or be against (disagree) this idea. 5 minutes. Tip: Focus your reasons on evidence like "I don't see plastics on my favorite beach" or "I haven't found anything when I'm eating fish" (in this case, against) or "I found plastics last time I went to the beach" or "I see in the supermarket that a plastic bag for each muffin in a 10 units pack is not necessary" (in this case, supporting the idea). Remember the notebook sample.
  2. In groups, teams of three members will be formed to debate the topic with two different points of view: groups A supporting the idea and groups B arguing against it. Each group should write down a list of strongest points. 5-10 minutes.
  3. Head-to-head debate. In groups of four, two members from group A and two from group B should defend their points of view. 5-10 minutes.
  4. Plenary, one representative from each group of four will share all their points of view (could be written on the blackboard). In the end, everybody could talk for feedback. 10-15 minutes.

Teacher's note: For ideas on running the debate itself go to