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Argument in Action: Mini-Debates

Argument in Action: Mini-Debates

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. To create a convincing argument based on logic and evidence.
  2. To anticipate and respond to opposition.
  3. To identify the faulty logic in other people’s arguments.

The goal of this lesson if to provide students the opportunity to practice the use of logic within a debate structure.

Length of time needed: 

  • 20 minutes before debates commence to explain guidelines and rubric
  • More class time for teams to research debate topics (optional)
  • 25 minutes per debate (ongoing throughout semester)

This lesson was written by Greg Jones.

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Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be downloaded to your computer as a PDF document. If you would like to edit this document for your classroom needs, go to the "Handouts and Materials" section and click on the corresponding link.


Source: Greg Jones

Handouts and Materials

The following files can be downloaded to your computer:

Lesson Plan (Word document)

Debate Guidelines (Word document)

Debate Rubric (Word document)

Optional: Debate Ballot (Word document)

Source: Greg Jones