Instructions for the teacher:
1. Use this sheet as a printout to place on students’ desks to help them plan and prepare for a class debate. (I used this with middle school students when debating the “pros” and “cons” of biotechnologies such as cloning or stem cell research.)
2. Review how to read the document with the students. Review the sequence of arguments in a debate (1st constructive pro, 1st constructive con, 2nd constructive pro, 2nd constructive con, con rebuttal, pro rebuttal). NOTE: we were crunched for time and did not have a round of questioning, but time for questioning could be added between arguments or all at the end. This is a 10 minute middle school or high school debate format.
3. Have students fully research their topics, and then prepare index cards with speaking points. In this case, we spent two 45-minute class periods researching and one 45 minute period planning with teams of 3-4 what each student would say during the debate. Groups then practiced their arguments using stopwatches to get their timing down for the remainder of the period after creating the speaking points.