Is Tobacco or Alcohol worse? After researching and gathering evidence from numerous scholarly articles and studies, your students will be thoroughly engaged in this competitive class wide debate that compels them to formulate valid verbal arguments about what makes one substance worse than the other. There are a ton of arguments for why alcohol is worse than tobacco and vice versa , but the team with the most points at the end of the second day takes home the bragging rights!
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer that asks students to share their personal viewpoint about whether alcohol or tobacco is more harmful.
2) Be assigned to a certain side, regardless of their beliefs, and informed about the importance of sometimes researching a viewpoint or belief that isn't their own.
3) Research and analyze various articles to gather evidence for the debate.
1) Be informed of the format, rules, and scoring of the debate.
2) Work together as a team to prove why their position is the most valid by providing arguments with supporting evidence in the first round of debate.
3) Cross-examine the other debate team to point out the other team's weaknesses in the second round.
4) Select two presenters from each team that will deliver mini final speeches that convincingly prove their side of the debate.
5) Watch a short video clip either about the dangers of alcohol or tobacco based on the winning debate team.