Teaching resources

Key Points: Find some value claims, for example in advertisements or newspaper editorials, and ask students to identify the assumed value which...
Key Points: A defensive argument’s goal is to prevent the other side from scoring a point. As such, a defensive argument usually attempts to...
Example Resolution: This house should raise taxes. Example Plans: 1) The United States will enact a tax of $50 on every ton of carbon emitted. 2) The...
Obtain a videotape of some kind of social debate. This can be a discussion among political candidates, a forum of policy experts, or a disagreement...
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,...