AP Lang: Debate Time!


  • ELAGSE11-12SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range or formal and informal tasks. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will debate on a controversial topic, with a focus on using valid, logical reasoning and avoiding logical fallacies.

Opening Session
Those of you who are going today, take ten minutes to prepare. Everyone else, get out a sheet of paper and be ready to write your responses to the debates!

Work Session
It’s DEBATE TIME! Again, here is how we will structure the debates:

  • Coin flip to see if pro or con goes first
  • Approximately one minute “opening statement” from each side (about a page of writing)
    Whoever went first gets to respond to the other side’s points, and then vice versa.
  • Approximately one minute closing statement from each side (about a page of writing – For partners, if you gave the opening statement, your partner must give the closing statement).

After our debates, take a couple minutes to write a short response. Who do you think won and why? Which arguments were most persuasive and why? Did you hear any logical fallacies?

Closing Session
Let’s draw for who will go next! Next SIX will be going on Thursday morning (our half day)!

Formative (debate)

Interest (student choice of topics)

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