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Introduction to Debate

This introductory class will teach students argumentation, speech and debate skills through instructional lessons and applied learning activities such as formal debates, critical thinking questions and class discussions.
Chris Flowers
1 total review for this teacher
New class
90 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Thu, Oct 13

Oct 13, 2022 – Jan 5, 2023 (12 weeks)
3:00 – 4:30 PM

Thu, Oct 13

Oct 13, 2022 – Jan 5, 2023 (12 weeks)
4:35 – 6:05 PM
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Learning Goals
1.  Students will be able to construct an argument using a formal logic structure.
2. Students will be able to refute an argument in an organized manner.
3. Students will be able to apply argumentation and refutation skills in a formal debate. 
4. Students will be able to effectively compete in a variety of formal debate settings. 
5. Students will be able to utilize active listening skills such as note taking and questioning in a formal debate. 
6. Students will be able to utilize research to support a short argumentative speech. 
7. Students will be able to summarize, compare and contrast arguments made in a formal debate. 

I have taught competitive debate for 14 years to middle school, high school and elementary students. Currently I am a virtual coach for two other organizations that are actively participating in national debate events (Maccabee Academy, Golden State Academy). 
I have been recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as a 2-Diamond Coach, which means my students have earned over 10,000 NSDA points and I have taught over 10 years. 
I hold a BA in Communication Studies, an MSE in Secondary Education and an unadulterated passion for debate.
Students will have homework assignments after each class. Before we begin debating the homework will be connected to the weekly lesson. It will take less than one hour to complete. Once the debates begin in, students homework will be to prepare for their debates by researching, writing and practicing their debate speeches. 
Students should be on an electronic device that allows them to access and utilize Google Docs or another word processing application with ease.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will offer a formal assessment of all students after each major debate starting in Week 7. Prior to that I will conduct informal assessments and will immediately communicate with parents if I have any concerns that may affect a students progress. 

The formal assessment will consist of  a written report that gives insight into a students strengths and areas of improvement based on the objectives covered in the class.  The assessment concept for this course is to teach students the skills at the beginning of the course and allow them to utilize those skills in an actual debate setting. 

1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Politically sensitive topics will be avoided. Discussions of free speech and other rights will be discussed, particularly from the standpoint of a student (ie, school uniforms, cell phone policies). 

Students will be asked to use Google search engines to conduct their own research. 

We will also be using Google Docs and students will need a google account to use that. 

Additionally, I will use Google Slides to display lessons and an account will be needed to review materials or complete make up work. 

Finally, we will also be using Kahoot! as a review game and students will be asked to participate in that as well. Kahoot! requires parental consent. 

For more resources on Speech and Debate see: National Speech and Debate Association. 
The Toulmin Model of Argumentation is the framework used for argumentation lessons.
Google Docs and Google Slides access required. Students will need a google account to access these resources and will be sharing their work with me through this platform. 


Chris Flowers
Lives in the United States
Learning happens best through passion and effort.
1 total review
1 completed class

About Me

My passion for teaching began the second semester of 9th grade when I was recruited to be a part of the speech and debate team. I was by no means an outstanding student, but this teacher saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. She... 
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