This is an awesome activity to get your kids excited to give speeches and review how to persuade others.
I did this around March Madness time, but it's great any time you want to revisit stories (and perfect for the end of the year). It covers lots of Common Core standards (making a claim, using evidence to support, speaking and listening standards, changing an argument based on new evidence, evaluating which arguments are more/less based on evidence, the list goes on and on!).
-rubric (evaluating hook, claim, evidence, counter-argument, and speaking skills)
-two different ballots for students to use to reflect on the debate and evaluate their classmates with a piece of the rubric (this is in the preview)