The Great Balloon Debate
A debate game where students create evidence based arguments to defend their characters place on a magical hot air balloon. Students will write and defend a short argumentative speech in a fun and interactive environment.
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The year is 2050 and due to great advances in science our civilization has discovered a new land, untouched by humanity. Strangely, this new land is accessible only by a specially designed and technologically advanced hot air balloon. This magical hot air balloon is guaranteed to take any passenger safely to the new land where a brand new society can be formed. Several science crews have already landed safely and begun to form the roots of a new world. However, there’s room left for one...
1. Learners will use a formal debate structure to construct and analyze student written arguments. 2. Learners will utilize active listening to take notes, pose questions and answer questions based on relevant data and information.
I have been teaching speech and debate classes for 14 years. I hold a Masters in Secondary Education and have been award a Double Diamond award by the National Speech and Debate Association. This game is modeled after a very popular exercise I have done hundreds of times with elementary, middle school and high school students. My experience has allowed me to perfect my time management to ensure all learners get an equal opportunity to participate and complete the activity.
No homework is assigned for this class.
Paper and Pen
Following each class, I will assess students using a standards based report card that will include individual feedback for each student. This game has a high replay factor and so learners are encouraged to take the class again using a different character or try to perfect their strategy of a previously used character.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This lesson is politics free. Since we are debating a fictional scenario we are able to focus on the argumentation skills without the discussion of current events. Additionally, the content is designed to be appropriate for all ages.
Toulmin Model of Argumentation ISR Model of Refutation
Learning happens best through passion and effort.
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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...