Respectful Disagreeing

Recommended Grade Level: 4, 5

Teacher: Kelli Aldrich, Washington Elementary School

Editor: Caroline Raymond

General Description

Objective:
Students will reflect on, E is for Election Day, and Kid President video and will discuss and brainstorm ways to debate, while creating at least one original piece of debate advice to share with the class.

Students will create a list of beliefs and values and will practice forming a debate on a particular value or belief, by filling out the Debate Script handout.

Assessments:
Students will reflect on, E is for Election Day, and Kid President video and will discuss and brainstorm ways to debate one particular piece of advice.

Students will write their thoughts on one piece of advice independently and turn in at the end of class.

Students will create a list of beliefs and values. With a partner, students will share the parts of a debate and what they mean.

Students will pick a belief or value and fill out the Debate Script handout.

Materials:

  • The book, E is for Election Day by Gloria M. Garvis
  • Kid President’s video “Kid President is Over It”
  • Debate Script Handout
  • Paper
  • Pen/Pencil


Differentiation:
Have copy of the book, E is for Election Day, for students to read along as it is read to them. Allow students the opportunity to watch, “Kid President is Over It,” video before they watch it in class. Farther explain each of the pieces of advice and give examples of how they are used for real debates. Be prepared to show struggling students example videos of debates. Written definition of debate, rebuttal, beliefs and values either in a handout or at the front of the room. Prepare several values and beliefs for students as a backup for students.

Materials and Documents

Videos and Media

  • Kid President's 6 Steps to learning how to disagree with people.

Quote
Keep up the highly engaging and intellectual seminars! The Constitution is of utmost importance!
- Teacher, 2015
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