This is a project created for a class of around 20, but can be adapted to any size. The class will be split into 4 groups. The groups (pro-imperialism, anti-imperialism, pro-globalization, and anti-globalization) will each participate in a debate. pro and anti imperialism will debate one day and the next day, pro and anti globalization will debate each other. Students should have plenty of time to research their projects and within each group, each person should have a role. Roles: 1st speech, 2nd speech, rebuttal, closer, and questioner/fact-checker. The questioner is usually a role for an introvert or someone that hates to talk in front of the class.
The debate starts with the pro team giving a 3-5 minute speech followed by the anti. Repeat that for the 2nd speech. Give 2-3 minute break for the rebuttal people to make changes to their speech before giving theirs. After the speeches are done, have the teams face each other and pose questions to the other team for them to answer. This is the time where the students who are not debating really learn a lot and see who they feel are giving a stronger argument. My students LOVE this project every year.