This package serves as an introduction to debate and contains:This file includes:-Detailed handouts for your students that explain debating definitions, procedures and ideas for planning.-Graphic organizers to help students as they plan and research their debates.-Two pre-debating activities you can use to allow your students to practice their debating skills.-A list of debate topics that have been successful in my classroom.
This website gives some sample pages from the book, 50 Debate Prompts for Kids. I liked this because the book first teaches the basic guidelines and reasoning for debates, then equips the teacher with potential topics and how to teach them. This would be useful in any grade classroom because you can adapt the ideas for the different levels, but the objectives for debates stay the same.
Your students will have a formal debate on issues that were either part of the Civil War, led up to the Civil War, or exist today but stem from the Civil War. This week-long activity is bound to ramp up your classroom discussions. I have done this type of activity for 15 years and look forward to it every time it comes around.
Seven super activities on the time period leading up to the Constitution. Activities on Shay's Rebellion, The Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate are all included. This packet assumes that you/your students have access to textbooks, handouts, and other informational material on the topics. These are activities to gain a higher level of understanding on what has already been taught and allow the students a chance to be creative and have some fun!