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Argument and Debate Mini Unit Topic Cards, Outline, Notes

Tracee Orman
Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool, Staff
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Argumentative and Debate Topic Cards with Teacher's Guidelines and Instructions, Student Handouts, and Grading Rubrics (Aligned with the Common Core State Standards)

If you want to have a classroom debate but don't know where to begin or how to run one, this resource is for you. I've included topic cards, outlines for the format, handouts, and detailed instructions. But this can be used for more than just debating. The topic cards are perfect for having students practice writing argumentative and persuasive paragraphs.

Included in the digital download:

• 117 different topics for debate. For each topic, an affirmative argument AND a negative counterargument is provided, for a total of 234 different stances!

• Instructions for having a classroom debate

• Definitions of terms students should know

• Student handouts for taking notes, researching, and writing their claims/ counterclaims

• Outlines for the format of the debate

• Peer evaluation checklist

• Grading criteria/rubrics

The rubrics include the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) alignment, but are also offered WITHOUT the standards listed for those who do NOT use the CCSS.

These rubrics ARE included in this download:
Student Presentation: Debate/Argument (Grades 8-12)
Peer Evaluation for Argument/Debate (Grades 8-12)

If you need graphic organizers and rubrics aligned with the Common Core State Standards, check out my high school bundle here:
Common Core Bundle for Grades 9-12

Middle school bundle is here:
Common Core Bundle for Grades 6, 7, 8

I have additional resources for assessing and practicing the skills in the Common Core State Standards. You can find all my Common Core State Standards resources here: Common Core Resources and Teaching Materials

Created and Copyrighted by Tracee Orman
Mrs. Orman's Classroom
Total Pages
75 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


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