Looking to ignite authentic accountable talk in your classroom? Accountable Talk Debate Mats are what your students need!
What are Accountable Talk Debate Mats?
Debate Mats are designed to spark conversation and authentic accountable talk amongst your students. After deciding on what format works best for you and your classroom, Debate Mats require only the use of Post-Its! Pose a debate “Hot Topic” to your students and have them write their opinion on a Post-It. After students complete their opinions, conduct a group or class scoot where students go around and respond to other students’ opinions. They will either put their responses in the “agree” or “disagree” box and explain why. Afterwards provide time for students to debrief/debate with groups.
What’s included and how do I use it?
➥Pages 4-18: Debate mats where the prompt is included. Each student would need one mat for the activity. Mats can be laminated for future use.
➥Page 19: This page includes two half sheet debate mats which can be used for any debate prompt because the question is not included. These half sheet mats can be reused over and over again. Use pages 20-34 to project the prompt to students.