This resource has everything you need to set up and implement a formal debate in your classroom. When students debate about a topic, they are working on persuasive language that is aligned to the common core.
Looking for Common-Core aligned resources to teach persuasive writing? This 21 page resource has that too! The persuasive essay frame will help students write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Debate Writing Frame-
1. Debate Student Roles:
• Lead Debater/Constructor -- presents the main points/arguments for his or her
team's stand on the topic of the debate.
• Counter-claim and Rebuttal -- presents the counter-claim and rebuttal to the
opposing team’s main points/ arguments.
• Summarizer -- closes the debate by summarizing the main points of his or her
team's arguments, especially attempts by the opposition to shoot holes in their
2. Outline describing student assignments.
3. Sentence Starters for specific student assignments.
4. Juror note pages for students who are scoring the debate.
Persuasive Writing Frame-
1. Outline describing what students need to include in each paragraph of the
persuasive essay (introduction, 3 body paragraphs that include counterclaims
and rebuttals, and a conclusion).
2. Sentence starters for each part of the persuasive essay.
3. Sample texts that argue if global warming is happening because of human
activity or if it is happening because of natural causes.
4. Sentence examples provided for each part of the persuasive essay.