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1. Introduction to Argue a Position on a Public Policy Issue

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Public policy refers to the actions a government takes to address issues that affect its people.

Some of these issues are… Health, Education, Social welfare, Crime, And transportation.

Many public policy issues have more than one side, and some people feel strongly about one side over the other.

In this lesson, you will choose a public policy issue that affects many different people or that you personally care about.

You will argue your position in a Google Slides presentation.

You’ll include points to support your argument and find evidence to support those points.

When most people think of the word “argument,” they picture a fight between two or more people.

But “argument” also has a different meaning.

When you present an argument about an issue, you try to persuade others to agree with you by giving strong reasons and evidence to back those reasons up.

Public policy issues are usually debatable, which means there is more than one side to the issue.

For many public policy issues, there are good arguments on both sides.

For example, you can argue for or against using standardized tests to measure student achievement, Or having tablets replace textbooks in schools.

Because issues affect everyone differently, it’s easy to draw conclusions based on how you feel personally about them.

Even if you would prefer to only carry a tablet rather than heavy textbooks to school, print textbooks cannot crash, freeze, or get hacked like tablets can.

Presenting your position on the topic, along with strong and valid reasons to support it, will help inform others so they too might be persuaded to take your opinion.

This lesson uses Google Slides, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any presentation application or even on a piece of posterboard.

As you complete this project in Google Slides, you will: Create and title a new presentation, Add slides, Type in a presentation, Format and align text, Change design elements, Do an online search, And add links.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to

If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

To begin, open your Google Drive.

Create a new presentation in Google Slides.

and rename it.

Now, it’s your turn: Create a new presentation in Google Slides, And rename it.


  1. Create a new presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Rename it.
Before sharing your work with your teacher, follow these steps to give them access to your file:
  1. Open your file.
  2. Click "Share" in the upper right corner.
  3. Add your teacher's email address.
  4. Give them "Commenter" or "Editor" access
  5. Click "Done"