Introduction to debate
Finish sample video debates
Student Samples here.
List as many differences that may affect/influence others as possible.
List places (geographical or ideological) where differences may affect or be affected.
Who is "us"?
Rowan University: Differences Make Us Stronger
Do differences make us stronger? Yes or No --- Explain with specifics.
ARE and Pro/Con Chart
Listen to the podcast example. Continue ideas:
Share for one minute each with a partner. Write the best argument/evidence on a sticky note with the person's name and place it on the appropriate Pro/Con chart. Repeat one more time with a new partner.
If time --- use these to finalize best arguments:
Quick debate with partner. Did you have enough examples and evidence? Review BEARS from last year.
Research for Days 3, 4, 5:
Discover evidence to add to your organizers.
Try this VoiceThread: Our school should ban sugar drinks.
If time, practice:
Link to Resource here: http://eracism.flatclassroomproject.org/MSPDP+-+a+model
Day 3: ARE Arguments from:
Middle School Public Debate Program - a model
The MIddle School Public Debate Program is the largest middle school debating program in the world. The program was conceived, designed, and is administered by Kate Shuster and John Meany at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont California. Some of the materials below come from the MSPDP website, others come from Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades, by Kate Shuster & John Meany, IDEA Press 2005. I have been coaching debate in this
program for five years. http://www.middleschooldebate.com/index.htm
Graphic Organizers are adapted from on the work of Jim Burke, English Companion.