Young scholars give two practice speeches to captain or other group member. They perform a speech which is videotaped; view and critique the performance. Finally, they videotape another student.
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The Concept of Diversity in World Literature Lesson 9: Debating Imperialism
To gain an understanding of Imperialism, class members read Rudyard Kipling's poem, "The White Man's Burden" and Mark Twain's essay, "To the Person Sitting in Darkness." Groups compare these perceptions of non-white cultures with the...
10th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate Curriculum
How do you affirm and negate a statement of value? What is refutation? Interested in debate? Introduce your class to the format of the Lincoln Douglas debate with 14 lessons, designed to be used in order, so that debaters learn the logic...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Restoration Channel Islands Debate
Introduce learners to the debate format with an activity that uses the National Park Service's controversial Channel Islands restoration program as a topic. Class members learn how to generate provocative debate questions, how to prepare...
4th - 12th Science
Rites of Passage
Prom, Quiceanera, Rumspringa. After reading a series of texts various cultural traditions that mark the transition into adulthood, class members debate the question, “In the 21st century, should certain rites of passage continue to be...
9th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Debates on Persuasive Language That Extend Outside of Class
There is no better sight to see than a classroom full of eager young adults, hands raised high, eager to jump into a class discussion. Get your class identifying and discussing rhetorical strategies and then debating long into the night...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
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...
3rd - 12th Social Studies & History