Debating can be difficult for students. Often, we end up witnessing poor debates because student didn't put enough effort into preparing thorough and engaging arguments. These stations are designed to give them the guidance and focus they need to do just that.
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This package contains two different debate stations:
The first group of stations is to use as your students plan their debates. Note, they are not intended to teach them the structure of a debate, but are to be used as a way for them to dig deeply into the planning and organization stage. It also helps them to focus on the way that they can use language effectively. Each task card is editable, so if you teach debate a little differently than I do, you can edit the instructions.
The task sheets are designed to match the instructions on the cards. If you’d like to save paper, all of the student work could easily be done in their own notebooks. You may also choose to have them use index cards for their planning.
The second group of stations can be used to get your students to practice their debating skills. You can set up multiple “debate stations” and assign three or four students per station. One student will be the affirmative; the other, the negative. These students will have two-three minutes to plan to debate the topic on the task card provided. Student three/four will be given the job of providing feedback during the debate. While the first two students plan, they should review the items on the checklist and be sure that they know what each means. Once they have had time to prepare, each group will begin an informal debate (it’ll get noisy!) After they are done, the students who were assessing should have time to give feedback to the classmate that they were observing.
The task cards for these stations are also editable, so feel free to adapt them as well. I tried to have a mix of serious and not so serious, but you may find that the “lighter” ones are better for this. If you want more topics for this, you can check out my Speaking & Listening Task Cards
, a product that contains more debatable topics.
If you would like lessons that introduce the specifics of debating procedure, check out Debating for your Classroom
If you would like to give your students practice in creating strong arguments and counter arguments, check out my other product: Debating Skills.
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