The Art of Debate - Social vs. Academic Language
"Debate is blood sport. It's combat. But, your weapons are words." ~ Melvin Tolson

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Essential Questions:
  1. Why do we use academic language in a debate competition if it is a social activity?
  2. What did Claude Bernard mean when he said, "A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes"?
  3. How does the art of debate help create a democratic society?
  4. John F. Kennedy once said, "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." What is the connection between JFK's words and the art of debate?


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What is the difference between an argument and a counterargument?
Independent Practice:Affirmative Argument and CounterargumentPost on your page OR handwrite
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What makes an argument strong?
Students will add to this rubric as we improve the practice argument.
Revised argument
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Posters describing a best practice using PowerPoint
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