The Debating Game - Preparing for Argument Writing

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5th - 8th
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In The Debating Game, students will spend one-minute rounds arguing "for" or "against" a variety of everyday items, events, and ideas. The object is to record as many reasons as you can to support your claim. But, if the other players challenge one of your reasons, be prepared to argue your case!

The Debating Game gives students lots of practice supporting claims with reasoning and evidence, making this fun and fast-paced activity a perfect way to get young writers ready for opinion/persuasive/argument writing (or to reinforce skills learned previously). It also makes for a great center, intervention tool, sub plan, or anchor activity for fast finishers.


• Assembly instructions
• Playing Instructions
• Game Pieces
• B/W pages for easy printing

It’s so much fun your students won’t even realize all the work they are doing!

Please note: this is NOT a print-and-go game! It does require some prep to put the game together!


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