Lesson Plan

Solution Debate

Class members choose a current social, political, environmental, or economic problem presented in Tyson Miller's Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America, research this problem and a variety of suggested solutions, before drafting an argument for the solution they find most compelling.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite members of the school's speech and debate clubs to model rhetorical devices and argument construction, as well as appropriate and inappropriate refutation
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity presumes speakers have experience presenting their ideas to an audience and are familiar with rhetorical devices
Pros
  • The five-page packet includes an overview of the activity, a list of suggested topics found in the text, and links to related sites, worksheets, and a rubric
Cons
  • No models are provided for how to respond appropriately to the suggested solutions