DEBATING: These lessons teach students about the difference between strong and faulty arguments. There are several individual and group exercises that guide students through the process of developing claims and counter-arguments, as well as ones that help them identify common logical fallacies. The topics provided are light, not only because I didn't want to use topics students might choose to research themselves, but also because they are intended to be debated quickly and without research. The whole point is to get them to practice the skills they will need to counter arguments on the fly.
This lesson is meant to be used before students begin to plan their own debates. If you would like lessons that introduce the specifics of debating procedure, check out Debating for your Classroom.
Then, get your students focused on planning thorough and engaging debates with Debate Preparation Stations
If you'd like to work on your students' speaking and listening skills, you can check out Speaking & Listening Activities, Strategies and Assessments.
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