Students will participate in debates regarding various topics that are relevant to them. Students will conduct research independently and practice developing arguments for or against their given topics with peers.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • ELA-Literacy.SL9-10.1B– Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
  • ELA-Literacy.SL9-10.1D– Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
  • ELA-Literacy.SL9-10.4– Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.


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