Using Debate to Develop Thinking & Speaking Skills

Grades 9-12 / History / Economics
CCSS: ELA.WHST.9-10.1a ELA.WHST.9-10.1b

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

WHST

Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1a

Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

a. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

WHST

Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6-€“12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1b

Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

a. Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience'€™s knowledge level and concerns.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)
Lesson Objective
Students engage in rigorous debate about privatizing social security
Length
6 min
Questions to Consider
How does the debate structure ensure a rigorous experience?
How does Ms. Laudin encourage students to understand both claims and counterclaims based on evidence?
How could you incorporate debates to enhance rigor and engagement?
Common Core Standards
ELA.WHST.9-10.1a, ELA.WHST.9-10.1b

Supporting Materials

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  • The Great Debate - Debates Lesson

  • Debate One Outline

  • The Great Debate - List of Debate Topics

  • Debate Presentation

  • Debate One Presentation

  • Transcript: The Great Debate

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Using Debate to Develop Thinking & Speaking Skills

Grades 9-12 / History / Economics

Using Debate to Develop Thinking & Speaking Skills