Grade 8: The Great Debate

This week students are submitting topics for our class debate. Once we select a topic as a class, teams will be created and collaboration will begin.

Today we will spend time analyzing a portion of a political debate. Students are being asked to observe and report on the effective strategies and tactics that each candidate used.

Teams will divide up the debate responsibilities amongst their peers. One member of each team will be responsible for the following roles:

  • Opening statement
  • Presenting the argument
  • Rebuttal
  • Crossfire questions
  • Closing Statement

As explained the in the document below, students will earn a group grade for the debate as well as an individual mark. Please re-read the rubric as you begin to prepare for the debate. Each student is responsible for conducting research, analyzing and finding credible sources (expert testimonies, statistics, etc.) citing their sources, preparing at least three main points, and developing questions prior to the debate. We will review the essential elements and skills necessary to create a strong debate in class.

Debate strategies and information can found in the Google Slides presentation below:

Grade 8 Debate Unit

Please note that the students will need to work diligently in-class and at home to adequately prepare for their debate!

Grade 8 Debate Assignment/Rubric

Individual Debate Graphic Organizer

Debate Group Graphic Organizer

Due Dates:

October 13th-Individual Graphic Organizer

October 26th-27th- Group Graphic Organizer/Debate Presentations

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