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Debate it Forward is a nonprofit that promotes critical thinking skills in students through fun and engaging activities.
 
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Leaking Hot Air Balloon is a game for students in grades 4-12 to enable critical thinking and students' argument generation skills. The premise of the game is this: all players are on a hot air balloon together and it begins to leak. There is only 1
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Mayor for a Minute incorporates public with persuasive speaking skills in a game created to enhance their argument generation. Students will each have a set amount of time to create a one-minute mayoral speech to present to the class, on something
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Who Gets What is an activity in which students will need to make decisions about which people are entitled to a given resource. They must use value-based thinking to prioritize between different people and their different circumstances. First, read
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The Good Monster game is an introduction to ethics, deciding which attributes are morally significant and which are less important. Students often struggle situating their thoughts in a broader moral context (i.e. I think X because Y and this is
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"The Zombies Are Coming" is an interactive role-playing debate game where students will be assigned the roles of important community members and attempt to convince their peers of why they should get one of the precious hiding spots when the zombies
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Students will engage and strengthen their argument generation skills by providing full arguments for silly and absurd statements. Students will need to be creative with their arguments and focus on providing logical justifications for their
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Ruler of the Universe is an activity that allows students to utilize and apply their argument generation, argument interaction, and persuasive speaking skills. Student will have the opportunity to rule the universe for one minute. During their
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In Superhero on Top, students will pick a superpower and need to argue that it is the best superpower above all. After picking their power, they will use their critical thinking skills and their persuasive speaking skills to defend their power as
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Role Reversal is an activity designed to promote extemporaneous speaking skills in students. Students will be given a topic and a role; they have one minute to prepare a speech on the topic given their role. Students will speak for a given time then
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Lil' Shark Tank brings the fun and creativity of the show "Shark Tank" to the classroom! The activity is designed to hone logic skills and develop confident public speaking. Split the students into small groups and announce a problem that requires a
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Spot the Article is a game that promotes research skills in a fun environment. Students are split into teams and given articles of the same difficulty level (without the article's title). The goal is to find the article online first and then discuss
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Role Play Debate helps students practice their perspective-taking, empathy, and argument generation skills through a mock debate. Teachers should choose a scenario that has several viewpoints on one issue and multiple roles for each student to play.
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An activity that develops ethics and discourse, Would You Rather has students discuss hypothetical scenarios with moral undertones. Students receive scenarios with two possible solutions and choose which one they agree with. Teachers can call on
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In Find the Exception, students will think critically about counterintuitive logic and put sound arguments above opinions. The activity can start with a preparation section where teachers explain counterintuitivity and fill out the Pre-Worksheet
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This activity helps develop extemporaneous speaking skills by exposing students to the proceedings of a trial and its proceedings. Students get roles for a narrative and play out their own trial. The two sides have time to prepare statements and
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Fake News is a research-based activity in which students learn how to critically think of current news and its accuracy through analyzing given evidence and using argumentative reasoning to decide its legitimacy. Students receive articles and read
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The goal of Values Pyramid is for students to use their critical thinking skills to order the set of values on the pyramid from least to most important. When discussing the order of values on their pyramid, students should have sufficient reasoning
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Flip the Ending is an activity where students should be able to think extemporaneously while adding a new ending to a well–known story. Students should be given time to prepare new endings and then present them to their groups. The groups can vote
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Guess My Mood is an activity that has students take on different perspectives through different emotions. Teachers write different types of emotions on slips of papers and allow students to each choose one without looking at which emotion it is.
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Find the Pair is an activity in which students will develop their ability to ask critical questions to find information and will learn the foundations for cross-examination. Give each student a Post–It note with one half of a famous duo on it. To
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CEO of 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Debate it Forward. Debate it Forward is an education nonprofit that utilizes core debate skills to enhance students' empathy, self-efficacy, and critical thinking. Results show 88% of our student show improvements in these areas.

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University of Chicago graduate

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