Teaching resources

Slowly built up constitution from two articles to now include eight. We have added articles as problems have come up and now feel it is complete....
After defining what an argument is and isn’t, present students with a list of claims and have them tell you which are arguments and which are...
This project should take place over several class periods to allow students to work independently and take their time. First, allow each student to...
Instructions: For each resolution listed below, come up with and write down three different plans of action that would support the topic. Write plans...
Example: Scenario A: The plan/thesis is guaranteed to cause a serious economic catastrophe that will decrease the quality of life of millions of...
Create a number of difficult scenarios which a judge might face, and have groups of judges discuss what they would do, either in small groups or all-...
During a debate round at a tournament, have one or more official judges, as usual, but also send a new potential judge in as a “shadow”...
Have judges watch a debate, preferably one that is on videotape so that you can stop and discuss between speeches. It is not necessary that the...
Like a boxing match, allow a single proposer from a team make points against a single opposer from another team. Allow two minutes a bout. Allow one...
Key Points: The following editorials clearly articulate a problem with the status quo, provide evidence for the existence of the problem, and...