Debate Simulation

Recommended Grade Level: 4, 5

Teacher: Kelli Aldrich, Washington Elementary School

Editor: Caroline Raymond

General Description

Objective:
Students will simulate the debate process and will complete the Debate Script sheet and/ or they will participate in an actual in-class debate or will ask at least two questions to their classmates who are debating.

Assessments:
Students will simulate the debate process by participating in a role play debate, in which they discuss a particular issue.

Students will complete the Debate Script sheet and/or they will participate in an actual in-class debate or will ask at least two questions to their classmates who are debating.

Students will write and reflect on the experience before they leave the classroom.

Materials:

  • Two debate tables
  • Paper
  • Pen/pencils
  • Debate Video
  • Completed Debate Script sheets
  • Definitions of key terms on handout or on board


Differentiation:
Students who cannot or do not want to debate in front of their classmates can turn in the Debate Script instead. Students can write or orally share thoughts or questions during or after each debate.

Materials and Documents

  • Students will complete the Debate Script sheet and/ or they will participate in an actual in-class debate or will ask at least two questions to their classmates who are debating.

  • The complete lesson plan for Debate Simulation.

Videos and Media

  • Example of opening, closing and rebuttal
Quote
I am very excited to use 'We the Civics Kids" curriculum and use many ideas from the Rendell Center. My other favorite presentation was Rebecca Valbuena - so many of her ideas are related to what I can implement in my classroom.
- Teacher
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