“Why don’t we just treat people medically who abuse drugs instead of sending them to jail?”


Debate Prep Assignment
Pro and Con sides:
Find 3-5 sources to defend arguments (individual grade)
Complete a worksheet during research class periods

What is the source?
What does this source say about the issue?
How will this source support one side of the argument?
Organize sources to generate argument categories to prepare for debate day (group grade)


Judges panel:
Find 3-5 arguments on both sides of the issue
Complete a worksheet during research class periods
What is the argument?
How might each side support or rebuke this argument? With what sources?
Discuss with other judges the arguments to be expected on both sides (group grade)
Decide within judge panel how you will evaluate arguments. Speakers conviction? Sources? Ability to respond to rebuttals? How will you determine who wins the debate?

During Debate Assignment


Post Debate Assignment
Pro and Con sides:
Write a position paper on your side of the issue using the sources you gathered to defend your argument.

Judges panel:
Write a paper defending your decision on the issue. What made the arguments on the winning side more compelling or valid?