Using Debate to Teach Academic Language

Grades 9-12 / Social Studies / ELL

Lesson Objective

Engage in a debate about a current event

Length

10 min

Questions to Consider

  • How does the debate structure help students build and practice academic language?
  • What scaffolds does Mr. Clement have in place to make the debate accessible to all students?
  • How might you use debate in your own classroom?

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  • Lesson Plan: Leadership.PDF

  • Worksheet: CER Template.PDF

  • Handout: Anchor Chart.PDF

  • Handout: Sentence Stems for Debate.PDF

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