Language – Debating

Having a debate doesn't mean you're fighting. Introduce middle schoolers to debate with a resource which distinguishes between an quarrel and a debate, describes the debate process and format, and presents some possible debate topics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Make copies of the first page of the resource for class members to use for taking notes
  • Have the class brainstorm a list of possible debate questions
Classroom Considerations
  • Although the two-page resource appears to be for learners, the second page is designed for teacher use
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes sentence frames that prompt debaters on appropriate ways to respond when countering arguments, possible debate topics, and tips for organizing a debate
Cons
  • None