Preparation & Analysis

If you have access to several dictionaries, pick one resolution and challenge the students to find as many different definitions as possible. Have...
Present students with a list of possible resolutions including some recently debated resolutions - include some which are unclear, some that contain...
Have students take notes on the evening news (television or radio) just as they would flow a debate. Each story is noted as a new numbered argument....
Provide students with a short article (the shorter the better) on a topic which they will be debating. Move through the article, sentence by sentence...
Key Points: This worksheet asks students to identify fallacies, but it isn’t important that students get the name of the fallacy right. Instead...
Present the students with a list of about ten resolutions and have them tell you (either orally or in writing) which ones are fact, which are value,...
Debaters may wish to forget a debate once it ends, but to avoid repeating the same flaws over and over again, it is important to encourage debaters...
With a partner come up with 10 topics on which reasonable people disagree (this exercise could be a follow-up to the “issue flexibility...
Using a resolution from that students are likely to debate in the future, have students complete the following statements on paper: -The resolution...
Using a list of recent resolutions, have students working alone or in groups circle the terms that might require definition. Following this, have...