Four-Corner Debate Template & Teacher Guide

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Do you want to engage your students in high order thinking skills and assess the depth of their understanding on any given topic? If so, a 4-Corner Debate is a GREAT option!

It is a kinetic activity that also requires written and oral communication.

- Students are given controversial statements on a given topic and must decide if they strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree and justify their stand in writing.

- They are then asked to stand at the appropriate corner of the room with fellow students of the same opinion.

- Next the debate ensues.

As you move through the controversial issues students will be continually re-grouping depending on their opinion for each topic.

This is an excellent culminating activity at the end of a unit.

It works for most subject areas, but is particularly useful for History and English classes.


  • A fully editable student handout template. It requires you to fill in the controversial statements. The template includes clear instructions in red.
  • A guide for implementing the debate.

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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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