If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!

If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
If you want students to write strong arguments, teach them how to Debate!
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Here is a great product for teachers who wish to try debating in their classes. Steps and general guidelines are given for middle school debates. However, the product could be adapted for the younger grades.

Students will not only research their topic, but practice presenting formal claims.

Students will test their ability to listen to the opposition and craft counterclaims.

Includes 20 pages of useful information for the novice or for those who are familar with debating. Details for each debater is written in outline form. Hand out to each child and allow them time to sort and reflect as to what must be done.

Debate topics of varying difficulty is included. However, it is always a great idea to have the class brainstorm issues that are meaningful to them.

One suggestion is to present a debate once or twice a week. When the group presents hang a sign from the edge of their desk that indicates which students are the affirmatives or negatives. This way the audience [rest of the class or classes will keep track of who is in favor of the resolution and who isn't]. Also included is a suggested way to arrange your classroom.

Have audience members [who must remain absolutely silent during the debate] cast a simple vote to show the winning side or vote in a more elaborate way students/you design.

This may also be a great way to end the school year. Block out the last two weeks of school and have students research and debate [to utilize reading, writing, and speaking skills].

*Now includes a challenging list of debate topics, and a suggestion for students to participate in a one minute "debate warm up" exercise.

So, give debating a try, your kids will love it!

Supports CCstandards.

Enjoy!

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