In this video, I walk through how I went about preparing for and carrying out our second in-class debate of the school year.
Why spend time debating?
Debates are very CCSS friendly — they make argumentative writing (W.CCR.1) a lot easier, they require collaboration (SL.CCR.1), evaluation (SL.CCR.3), clarity (SL.CCR.4), and it's super awesome when they incorporate complex texts that you've had students closely read (R.CCR.10, R.CCR.1) or research that students have done on their own (R.CCR.7).
How do you debate?
In the comments section, either here on this blog post or over on YouTube, I'd love it if you'd share how you've successfully connected debating with argumentative writing in your classroom. Also, I will happily award extra swag points if you respond with a video of your own!