This five-page document helps students outline, organize, and plan a debate. This project is intended to be for students working in pairs debating against another pair.
Page one walks students through choosing potential arguments for their debate. It allows students to consider potential counterclaims their opponents could use against them. It also has a place for students to keep up with their sources and write a well-crafted thesis statement.
Pages two and three are a graphic organizer that walks students through writing their debate as a five-paragraph essay. It is CCSS-aligned, so students are making sure their argumentative essay is evidence-based and thoroughly explaining their evidence in their own words.
Pages four and five are for rebuttal planning. Students keep track of their opponents' arguments and evidence while listening to their debate presentation. They then figure out counterclaims and write their rebuttal. It includes sentence-starters to help students write respectful and polite rebuttals that are professional and appropriate.