Classroom debates are a wonderful way for students to strengthen their skills in the areas of group work, public speaking, problem-solving and research. Divide your students into six groups. Two groups will compete against each other at a time for a total of three classroom debates. Three debate questions are provided, so each of the three debates are different. The debate questions are about feudalism in Japan and the role of the samurai, shoguns, daimyos and peasants.
Included in the Product
✓ A brief introduction
✓ Three debate questions
✓ Five debate strategies
✓ An explanation of the debate structure (three parts - each debate lasts for about 20 or 25 minutes)
✓ Three planning guides
✓ A detailed rubric
✓ A ballot for voting
Feel free to take a look at my Japan Bundle:
Japan Bundle: 15 Student-Centered Activities & Projects
(From Standards for History / Social Studies & Writing & Speaking)
☺Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
☺Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
☺Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
☺Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
☺Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
☺Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
☺Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
☺Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
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