Welcome to Debate and Rhetoric! In this course students examine a given topic and utilize skills of argumentation and learn how to write cases to present for both sides of an argument. Students are also introduced to basic researching, argumentation, rhetorical strategies, and questioning through a variety of debate disciplines such as the Congressional Debate, the Karl Popper Debate, Public Forum Debate, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.



American School of Tangier
Debate and Rhetoric Course

Objective:

In this course students examine a given topic and utilize skills of argumentation and learn how to write cases to present for both sides of an argument. Students are also introduced to basic researching, argumentation, rhetorical strategies, and questioning through a variety of debate disciplines such as the Congressional Debate, the Karl Popper Debate, Public Forum Debate, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Students successfully competing this course will:

·      Learn to think critically
·      Demonstrate the ability to understand and articulate opinions
·      Learn techniques of rhetorical analysis
·      Learn techniques of arguments and debates
·      Learn techniques of oral presentation and the use of visual aids

Debate Topics:

Amendments of the U.S. Constitution
Capital Punishment
Term Limits in U.S. Congress
Weapons of Mass Destruction
U.S. Embargo on Cuba
Global Warming Climate
Universal Health Care
Stem Cell Research
NAFTA
Biofuels

Activities:

Silent Debate
Socratic Seminar
Philosophical Chairs
Flash Debating
Situational Judging Exercises
Political Cartoons and Satires



Assessment:

Class Participation 20%
Homework 15%
Quizzes 10%
Thought-provoking Essays (advocate for or against a particular position) 30%
In Class Debates 25%

Students Materials:

Binder
Paper (legal pads)
Pens (variety of colors)
Highlighters

Books:

Discovering the World Through Debate: A Practical Guide to Educational Debate for Debaters, Coaches and Judges. (Joseph P. Zompetti)

“Basic Debate” (Leslie Phillips)