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Just the Facts, Sir!
Examine several key issues covered in the October 8, 2004, presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Young readers analyze the opponents' use of both fact and opinion in their arguments. Use the lesson to reinforce the importance of acknowledging opposing claims in writing.
6th - 12th Language Arts 40 Views 202 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
And Your Point Is . . .? Part II
After researching recent community or political issues, paired with a review of proper debate format, class members select a topic, adopt a side, and prepare for a debate. The value in this resource is the review of debate procedures, the assessment tools, and extensions.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 77 Downloads
Debates in the Middle School Classroom
Good debate topics are hard to find. Some of the best emerge from what is being taught. (For example, while studying WWII, one could ask if the United States should have bombed Japan.) Others are more student-centered, like why do we have a dress code?
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 23 Views 172 Downloads
Should School be a Place for Debate?
Ostensibly about the 1955-1965 Civil Rights Movement, this resource is actually the first of a series of 24 lessons that model for learners how to examine multiple perspectives, as well as the evidence used to support a particular stance. An additional exercise has pairs practice developing discussions by offering arguments for and against the basic question, "Should school be a place for debate?
7th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
Four Corners Debate
Should the student population wear uniforms to school? Pupils express whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with a controversial statement, moving to a designated corner of the room to indicate their stance.
K - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 127 Downloads
Inner Circle/Outer Circle Debate Strategy
Arranged in facing concentric circles, half the class discusses an issue. The other half of the class takes notes which are then used to fuel a class discussion and to prepare editorial opinions on the topic at hand. So much emphasis is placed on listening here.
3rd - Higher Ed English Language Development 4 Views 74 Downloads
Is Gulf War Syndrome a Significant Health Issue the U.S. Government has Tried to Cover Up?
Learners examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public.
9th - 12th Health 9 Views 21 Downloads
The 2010 immigration bill passed in Arizona provides class members with an opportunity to examine various perspectives of the immigration debate by watching news videos, reading interview, editorials, and viewing images. Discussion questions, activities, and assessment strategies are included in the richly detailed plan.
7th - 12th Language Arts 79 Views 125 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise of these regimes by debating as either isolationists or interventionists.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Pay to Play?
Lead your class in a discussion about how they believe money influences politics. After reading "Go Ahead, Try to Stop K Street" from the New York Times, they evaluate the claims in the article about the current lobbyist scandal in Washington.
6th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 188 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Rights, Remixes, and Respect
It is very easy to access creative work online, and some individuals are not aware of all the rules that accompany using someone else's original work. Show your class the difference between inspiration and using without permission. The plan includes a video link, a terminology review, a debate activity where groups role play, wrap-up questions, extension activities, and an assessment with an answer key.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Debate Topics and Ideas
Students examine both sides of arguments surrounding given debates. They use the internet and other research to collect information to support their stand on the controversial issue. Students debate their chosen topic. This lesson plans lists 31 different debate topics which include, but are not limited to, war, vegetarians, income tax, military, cloning, global warming, space travel, suicide and more.
6th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 132 Downloads
Conflict and Debate
Young scholars take a medical issue and explore it, debate it, and convince others of their point of view. They improve research skills and writing skills. Students are able to define a problem, debate it, and identify which is the best argument are all skills that can help in medical or life decisions.
9th - 12th Science 13 Views 22 Downloads
Can Scientists Discover a Limit to Discovery?
Is there anything left to discover? Evaluate opposing sides of the debate regarding whether or not there is a future for scientific discovery. Middle and high schoolers assess quotations from the articles included to evaluate claims and write final reflections, choosing one of the two viewpoints.
8th - 12th Science 18 Views 182 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Set your environmental studies class up to debate a current topic regarding your choice of six suggested statements about energy use in the United States. Teams read material that you have gathered and then form their arguments. The lesson outline explains the benefits of holding a classroom debate and provides a procedure.
9th - 12th Science 8 Views 5 Downloads
Stage a Debate: A Primer for Teachers (Lincoln-Douglas Debate Format)
For a comprehensive overview of debate styles and formats, look at this resource. It details the Lincoln-Douglas debate format (one-to-one debate with specific, timed rounds of points, cross-examination, and rebuttals). You can also find links to lessons about the actual Lincoln-Douglas debates, several other debate formats, rubrics, and topics.
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History 48 Views 318 Downloads