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Thursday, February 23 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Permission to Argue: Using Debate to Engage Students in Critical Analysis FILLING

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Middle School teachers learn a debate format that includes all students in a class to engage students in close reading, analysis of text, and analysis of historical events.  Middle school students love to argue; debate in the English or history classroom capitalizes on this developmental affinity in a way that takes students deeper into the literature and history they are reading. Come experience debate in a classroom setting with a selection of excerpts: The Pearl by John Steinbeck, “The Conquistadors of Extremadura”, “Conquistador” by Archibald Macleish, and Cortes, the Life of the Conqueror by Francisco Lopez de Gamora.

The workshop teaches participants classroom strategies that guide students to:
-  Summarize key ideas, themes, and literary tools used in a piece of literature
-  Effectively annotate text for a specific purpose
-  Use the words of text to support a claim with proper context
-  Analyze the effectiveness of an argument

•  Introduce the process and format of debate that works well in a classroom setting
•  Debate the resolution:  The conquistadors were heroes.
•  Model specific strategies to allow students to engage in effective debate
•  Model specific strategies for student and teacher evaluation of debate in an English/history classroom

1. Introductions
2. Explain debate format/procedures/expectations and divide class 
        into affirmative, negative, and judges
3. Brief overview of texts to be used during the debate
4. Debate
5.     Judges Decision
6. Debrief


Tina Harper

Middle School Humanities Coordinator, Trinity Valley School

Thursday February 23, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am
MS 205

Attendees (15)