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Debates in the Classroom - great resource for setting up debates, including links for rules, rubrics, topics, lesson plans, and strategies.

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Argumentative Essay Writing, Argument Writing How to Guide, Topics, Rubric CCSS

Get teens excited about writing argumentative-style essays. Fresh, fun print-and-teach materials for grades 8-12. Click here!

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Civil War Debates - 25 Topics - Research, Writing, & Speaking in Social Studies

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.

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Persuasive (Opinion) Writing - Easy to follow graphic organizers

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Informational Writing: Choosing a Topic Using the "Goldilocks" Rule- Give students topics on notecards to place in each category: too small, too big, just right. (Dead pin)

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I would use these writing prompts to have students practice expository writing. I would write at the top of the sheet "Write to explain..." and let the students choose their writing prompt.

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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.

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