8th Grade Debate

8th Grade Debate (04017850)


Length:  Semester

Format:  Meets Every Other Day

Description:  Students will gain expertise in the format of debate and in the various techniques debaters use to structure and deliver arguments and to refute those of their opponents.  Building on materials drawn from the Middle School Public Debate National Program, this course seeks to develop students’ abilities in research competence, media literacy, reading comprehension, argument literacy, evidence evaluation, summarizing and outlining, public speaking, and ethics and civility.  After learning the fundamentals of debate structure, research techniques, argumentation, and refutation, students will then engage in no fewer than three (3) debates over the course of a semester’s time.  Topics for debate will vary and, when possible, will dovetail with issues currently under scrutiny in eighth grade core curricular areas.