Jordan District Debate Meets
State Debate Meet
Debate is an opportunity for students to use their skills of reading, thinking, writing, speaking and listening in a meaningful situation that can be related to their own lives. Teams of two students research a controversial issue to collect facts and expert opinions for/against a proposed change (stated as a resolution). They prepare cases by using this data and making/stating a strong case and refuting opponent’s claims with contradictory facts and explanations. Elementary students argue either as affirmative or a negative team. Intermediate students are prepared to argue both affirmatively and negatively. Middle school students can also opt for Lincoln/Douglas debate style. Debate can be used in the classroom in two ways:
- As a unit of study, introducing debate skills with the process and information for the debate.
- As part of the year’s curriculum and as an outgrowth of language arts, science and social studies.
For more information and training materials contact your area GT specialist.