Evaluating with a Pro-Con Chart
When you want to evaluate the good and the bad of something, you can use a pro-con chart. A student created this pro-con chart to think about the good and bad aspects of the U.S. Westward Expansion during the 1800s. You can create a similar chart to think about the positive and negative traits of a character in a novel, the benefits and drawbacks of a school policy, or the things you like or dislike about a certain basketball shoe.
Your Turn Create a pro-con chart to analyze the good and bad aspects of a topic you are studying. These instructions tell how to make a pro-con chart by hand, but you can also download the pro-con chart template at the bottom of this minilesson.
- Write the topic at the top of a piece of paper.
- Under the topic, draw a vertical line down the middle of the page.
- Draw a horizontal line near the top of the page, crossing the vertical line.
- Above the horizontal line, write "Pro" on the left and "Con" on the right.
- In the pro column, list the good things about your topic.
- In the con column, list the bad things about your topic.
- Show your pro-con chart to a classmate and discuss your evaluation of the topic.
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