It is important for students to find their voice in middle school, and a debate forum gives them the perfect opportunity to do so. In this unit, students are introduced to formal debate. They will become familiar with debate jargon and etiquette, and learn how to construct an argument using their own ideas and ideas from credible sources. Students will have several opportunities to engage in debate throughout the week. Included are the following materials:
• Lesson plans
• Debate jargon
• Do’s and don’ts of debate
• Model outline
• Practice debate assignment
• Graphic organizer
• Formal debate assignment
• Revising checklist
• Editing checklist
Common Core Alignment:
W1. Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible
sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
d. Establish and maintain a formal style.
e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
SL3. Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the
relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
SL4. Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.