Flower

Posts Tagged ‘Pro/Con’

What’s New & Trending in SIRS Issues Researcher

The Leading Issues pro/con framework helps students pick a topic and understand its context with overviews, essential questions, statistics, global perspectives, viewpoints, supporting arguments, and critical thinking prompts. Editors hand-select all of the content, ensuring that student researchers find the most appropriate, relevant, and valuable information available. Every Leading Issue contains a highly-relevant results list where students can gather supporting evidence through articles, statistics, images, and websites.

Keep research fresh and engaging with these new Leading Issues:

Heroin Abuse: Should cities open supervised injection sites for heroin addicts?

Job Automation: Should employees be worried about losing their jobs to machines?

Private Space Sector: Does the future of space travel lie with entrepreneurs?

Heroin Abuse Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher

And here are some Leading Issues #trending in the news:

Health Care Reform: Should there be more government involvement in health care in the U.S.?

Keystone Pipeline: Should the U.S. government approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Illegal Immigration: Should immigrants who are in the country illegally be allowed to remain in the U.S.?

International trade: Are free trade agreements beneficial?

Media Bias: Do the mainstream media have a liberal bias?

Social Media: Do the positive aspects of social networking sites outweigh the negatives?

Taxation: Should offshoring tax loopholes be closed?

Which Leading Issues topics are most popular with your students? Let us know in the comments or tweet us with #ProQuest. 

ProQuest Guided Research products equip students to think critically about current issues. Free trials are available.

Equip Middle School Students As Critical Thinkers

Critical Thinking

Junior High Critical Thinking Poster
Image by Enokson via Flickr is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Middle school students have no lack of opinions regarding clothes, music, movies and their friends. The chatter of the school hallways brims with their opinions. But do they know how to craft an argument? Do they know how to state a claim and cite evidence? The distinction between persuasive opinion and an evidence-based argument is essential for their future.

After all, culture offers a steady stream of opinions and claims. Social media, advertisements, political campaigns and even their peers give students messages 24/7 on what they should look like, act like and live like in order to achieve the best life. To make effective decisions in college and career, students must learn how to be critical thinkers.

The Common Core State Standards agree and state that students starting in middle school need to be able to craft and interpret arguments in writing and speaking.

Many types of assignments support these skills. Whether you are teaching students to use critical thinking skills in a class discussion, pro/con debate or an argument paper, try topics that are already important to students to spark their interest like Cell Phones in School, Cyberbullying or Homework.

Then provide them a critical thinking toolkit so they can unpack the issue and analyze it from all sides. Include in the toolkit an overview of the topic, key terms, and definitions, an essential question, examples of viewpoints, a compelling image for visual literacy, and questions for analyses.

You can find all the above in ProQuest SIRS Discoverer’s  pro/con feature. Pro/Con Leading Issues is specifically created for research and English Language Arts (ELA) writing requirements with topic-related materials to guide the student. See any of the 55 age-appropriate topics.

proconleadingissues

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer’s Pro/Con Leading Issues

 

What topics spark your students’ interest that we could add to our Pro/Con feature? Let us know in comments or tweet at #ProQuest.

SIRS Knowledge Source: New Interface & Google Integration!

Just in time for back to school, SIRS Knowledge Source is updated with a brand new interface and Google integration for SIRS Issues Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, and SIRS Renaissance.

SIRS Issues Researcher


Explore the benefits:

  • A cleaner, more streamlined, and modern appearance
  • Design optimized for viewing on mobile devices as well as desktops (i.e. responsive design)
  • Focus on the most valued content and features
  • Integration with Google Drive and Google Classroom
  • Design aligned to other popular ProQuest products like CultureGrams and SIRS Discoverer
  • Continued access to all the great SIRS content

 

zika

See the 13 New Leading Issues out of 345+ added by our editorial team covering complex social topics:

  • Biological and Chemical Terrorism
  • Concealed Weapons
  • Concussions in Sports
  • Conflict Minerals
  • Education Reform
  • Executive Pay
  • Government Ethics
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Islamic State Group (ISIS)
  • Refugees
  • Religion and Science
  • Religious Minorities
  • Zika

As evidenced by these tweets, educators are excited about the new integration between SIRS and Google Drive and Classroom!

SIRSKnowledgeSource-tweet

For more details about the interface update, visit the SIRS Issues Researcher support page.

Share the good news with your colleagues! Tweet about the new SIRS Knowledge Source @ProQuest.

What’s New and Trending in ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher New Leading Issues

The Leading Issues pro/con framework helps students pick a topic and understand
its context with overviews, essential questions, statistics, global perspectives, viewpoints, supporting arguments, and critical thinking prompts. Editors hand-select all of the content, ensuring that student researchers find the most appropriate, relevant, and valuable content available. Every Leading Issue contains a highly relevant results list where students can gather supporting evidence through articles, statistics, images, and websites.

Keep research fresh and engaging with these new Leading Issues just added to the product:

Concealed Weapons: Should concealed weapons holders be prohibited from carrying firearms in certain locations?

Education Reform: Have the education reform laws enacted this century raised the quality of education in the United States?

Islamic State group (ISIS): Should the U.S. send ground troops to fight the Islamic State group?

Refugees: Is it the European Union’s responsibility to take in displaced refugees?

weapons

Concealed Weapons Leading Issue on ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

And here are some #trending Leading Issues related to this election season:

Election 2016: Will the super-rich buy the 2016 election?

Economic Inequality: Should the rich pay more in taxes?

Health Care Reform: Should there be more government involvement in health care in the U.S.?

Illegal Immigration: Should immigrants who are in the country illegally be allowed to remain in the U.S.?

Second Amendment: Should gun regulations be tightened?

Which Leading Issues topics are most popular with your students? Let us know in the comments or send a tweet tagged #ProQuest. 

If you don’t already have ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher, request a trial.

New in ProQuest SIRS Discoverer!

Just in time for back-to-school, these following features are now available in ProQuest SIRS Discoverer!

 

 NEW Pro/Con Leading Issues Feature

LI

Pro/Con Leading Issues in ProQuest SIRS Discoverer

 

Editorially created and compiled in support of upper elementary and middle school research and ELA writing requirements:

  • Hand-selected Leading Issues and age-appropriate sources with SIRS Discoverer users in mind
  • Each Leading Issue includes: Topic Overview, Essential Question and Pro/Con Articles, Viewpoints, Visual Literacy, Critical Thinking Questions, iThink Skills Tutor, Related Links
  • 50 Pro/Con Leading Issues in first release including Animal Rights, Bullying and Junk Food

 

NEW Animal Facts Feature

animal

Animal Facts in ProQuest SIRS Discoverer

 

Created to provide content and context for this popular research topic in elementary school:

  • Each fact page includes: scientific name, key facts, photos, and links to more information
  • Scaffolded learning with easy-to-understand language to engage younger students and links for older students to dig deeper
  • 50+ animal fact pages in first release

 

See more about these new features in the SIRS Discoverer 2014 Back to School update. And to fully get up to speed, sign up for free online training classes!

SIRS Issues Researcher covers 6 new Leading Issues

This school year, students can turn to SIRS Issues Researcher for in-depth analysis and understanding of 338 current and pervasive Leading Issues.  Now live in product is background and current perspective of these 6 new Leading Issues covering today’s highly debated topics in Environment & Science, Family, and World Conflicts:

  1. Energy PolicyTopical coverage of 5 important related Leading Issues
  2. Energy ConservationShould the federal government issue energy conservation mandates?
  3. Keystone PipelineShould the U.S. government approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?
  4. Helicopter ParentsDo helicopter parents cause harm to their children’s development?
  5. Syria – Should the international community intervene in Syria with military action?
  6. Iran – Should Iran have a nuclear program?
Energy Policy - Pro/Con Essential Questions

Energy Policy – Pro/Con Essential Questions

SIRS Leading Issues supports Common Core standards requirements through engaging Essential Questions with answers and supporting viewpoint articles.  Hand-selected, highly targeted newspaper & magazine articles, graphics, charts, maps, primary sources, government documents, websites, and multimedia support comprehension of the pros, cons and everything in-between.