Item Number: INT-DEBATE

Technology Integration: History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Technology Skill: Presentation, Word Processing

Program: Google, Google Docs, Google Slides, Office 365 Online, PowerPoint Online


Debate Lesson Plans, Google Slides or PowerPoint Online Activities: Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities

Handouts and Assessment Tools: TechnoDebate Parent Letter, TechnoDebate Certificate, Judging Sheet, Debate Sentence Starters, Debate Skill Summary, Debate Checklist, Debate Individual Marking Sheet, Debate Rubric

Debate Lessons Templates and Samples: Argument Planner Template, Bike Lanes Sample, Junk Food in Schools Sample

Assignment 1: What is a Debate?

Study sample debates to gain an understanding of their purpose.

Assignment 2: Brainstorm a Topic for your Debate

Partner up. Brainstorm to select a controversial issue, then pick a position.

Assignment 3: Plan Arguments

Investigate topic to develop argument. Research evidence to support points.

Assignment 4: Invite a Partner to Debate

Invite partner to share a file. Make the title slide together.

Assignment 5: Take a Stand

Create a new slide that states resolution using a clip art character and callout bubble.

Assignment 6: Present a Persuasive Argument

Make a series of slides that present a persuasive constructive speech.

Assignment 7: Prepare a Rebuttal

Identify opponent's weakest point and refute claim in a counter-argument.

Assignment 8: Summarize Ideas

Convince audience to agree with a particular viewpoint.

Assignment 9: Design an Animated Conversation

Animate callout bubbles to produce an animated conversation. Apply transitions to divide debate.

Assignment 10: Debate Checklist

Self-assess debate using a checklist. Make necessary revisions.

Assignment 11: Invite Audience Participation

Invite audience members to view debate and pose questions using Comments.

Assignment 12: Respond to Audience Questions

Reply to audience questions in a cross-examination to defend position.

Optional Debate Lessons

  • Debate Topics: Activities to select a controversial issue to debate.
  • Insert a Character Workshop: Discover multiple methods to insert images.
  • Cross Examine your Opponent: Have each side ask a question.
  • Judge Debate: Declare a "winner" of the debate. Who made a more convincing argument?
Create an Animated Debate
Debate Lesson Plans Develop Critical Thinking
Research to Build a Logical Argument
Collaborate with Others

Host a Public Debate using Google Slides or PowerPoint

Integrate debate lesson plans into curriculum. This technology project can be used to develop critical thinking, persuasive writing techniques, collaboration skills, and an appreciation of multiple viewpoints. Students can debate on a wide range of topics. Explore citizenship, democracy, ethics, advocacy, history, or environmental stewardship. What does your community require? Is a rule fair? Is a decision justified? What needs to change? What plan is better? Was a historical decision fair to all stakeholders? Is economic growth or the environment more important?

  • Understand the purpose of a debate
  • Examine different perspectives
  • Research to develop a logical argument
  • Express a viewpoint concisely and clearly
  • Support arguments with relevant evidence
  • Evaluate ideas to rebut an argument
  • Use persuasive language to sway opinions
  • Work collaboratively to produce a debate
  • Share a file and set permissions
  • Post, read, and reply to questions using Comments

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Students collaborate with a partner to create an animated debate. Using clip art characters and callout bubbles, each side states their resolution, presents a constructive speech, delivers a counter argument in a rebuttal, and summarizes their position. Cross-examination is done at the end of the debate by audience members using Commenting. Optional activities included in the debate lesson plans allow participants to cross-examine opponents and have a judge to select a winner.

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