Learning Lincoln On-line

FROM-- SET SIX, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

Topic Twelve: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

LEARNING TO DEBATE--  STUDENT PAGE
Skills in speaking, thinking and self-expressions


The problems are: 


It often seems that the other person, or a certain person, is ALWAYS RIGHT!

A quiet person who is smart often does not get heard in classroom discussions.

People often think that DEBATING is arguing.

        In this activity you will learn to become knowledgeable and "Open Minded" about subjects.   From there, you will research the idea, or think of as many PRO and CON sides about the subject.

       You will then be a part of a two-person team.  This team will make a list of PRO-CON viewpoints about a subject.  After making the list, you will then practice taking either or both sides of the subject and PROVE YOUR POINT!


Procedures:

       Students at any of the elementary grade levels in gifted education or regular classrooms may gain from this learning activity.  You will do research on your topic, and then actually debate another student on the topic.  You may have a topic that you don't really agree with, but in debating, you will try to win your point anyway. 

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