Debates help students improve their skills in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. For this class activity, divide your students into six teams. Two groups will be competing against each other at a time during the classroom debate. There are a total of three debate questions so each student in your class will participate in a debate and will be an audience member for two debates. The debate questions are about the caste system in India.
Included in the Product
✓ Debate questions pertaining to the caste system in ancient India
✓ Debate Strategies
✓ Debate Structure
✓ Planning Guide for Opening Statement
✓ Planning Guide for Cross-Examination Questions and Answers
✓ Ballot Sheet for Audience Members
(From the Common Core)
✓ Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
✓ Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
✓ Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
✓ Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
✓ Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
✓ Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
✓ Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
✓ Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Feel free to check out my complete unit on the caste system:
The Caste System in Ancient India: A Complete Unit
Feel free to check out my bundle on the same topic:
Ancient India Bundle: 13 Activities and Projects for Middle School
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