Unit 6 – Refining Persuasion

With the end of the year in site, we must persevere.  Part of persevering involves refining, which is making some small, detailed adjustments to better something.

By now you should at least have an idea of what makes a strong argument, as well you should be able to tell a good speech from a not so good one.  So let´s put the two together and focus on persuasion.

Prepare an argument using one of these ¨silly¨ debate topics, or your own, and present it in a way that is serious, persuading and convincing!

How can you use your voice, your eyes and your body movements to make people believe you?  How can you appear to be more confident and less nervous?  

The speech will be 1 minute.  You might read it once without paying attention to style, then a second time with style focus…  😉

Argument Ideas.

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  1. There is life on other planets.
  2. Dogs are the smartest animals.
  3. Everything sounds better with an English accent.
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  5. Dating advice should be taught in school.
  6. Showering is not necessary.
  7. Vladimir Putin is a fictional character.  252261-830-366
  8. The US election was decided by Facebook. (and propoganda)
  9. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  10. The glass is half full.

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Given the short time we have left, grades for adequate speeches will be given between 6.0-7.0 using the following format:

No time for speech = repeat class average.

Time for speech, but not completed = 2.0

Speech, but no argument, and/or not taken seriously = 4.0-5.0

Persuasive speech alone = 6.0

Extra components to earn a maximum score = 7.0, are the following:

Eye contact = +0.2, Body language = +0.2, Pauses = +0.2, Word/Syllable stresses = +0.2, Within time limit (45-75 sec.)  = +0.2

 

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Unit 5 – Mini Model UN

WEEK TWO…

RESEARCH PHASE:

http://www.unausa.org/images/content/GC_Model_UN/For_Educators/Global_Classrooms_Human_Rights_Unit.pdf

Page 52-59 (pdf) – International Human Rights

Page 60-61 – French Headscarves Ban

Pages 124-125 – Human Trafficking

 

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In this unit, every student from Middle School to High School will participate in a ¨mini¨ Model United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Throughout the year, we have carried out various policy debates, in which the Proposition Side presents to the house a real problem and an adaquate solution to that problem, which the Opposition Side rejects.  This process is not all that different from how real-world policy makers work.

Arguably the most important international organization for making real-world policies is the United Nations, where 193 member states get together with the intent to pass resolutions to conflicts, crisis and catastrophes.

BACKGROUND

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-nuclear-idUSKCN1230YN

OBJECTIVES:

Identify a problem in the world.

Relate to that problem on a personal level ¨putting yourself in their shoes¨.

Create a viable solution to that problem.

You will be working in groups, representing a country and given some problems to resolve.  In groups, you must research your country, the problems and imagine how that country would want to present its case in the matter.  Then, we will have the general assembly, which includes a debate, a caucus, draft resolutions and finally voting.

EVALUATION will be a peer assessment (plus a written component for 7th-8th grades).

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WATCH EXAMPLES OF WOME WORLD LEADERS OPENING SPEECHES AT THE MOST RECENT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK…

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FORMAT

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MUN Training – Points and Motions:

Procedures:

 

M.U.N. Vocabulary…  (COPYBOOKS!!!)

  1.  Motion – topic being presented to the table in which country delegates can vote ¨FOR¨ or ¨AGAINST.¨
  2.  Delegate – a speaker present at the United Nations General Assembly meetings who represents his or her country.
  3. Placard – a card with the name of a delegate´s representative country.
  4. Roll Call – when the chairperson calls out the names of the countries present, and delegates respond ¨present¨ or ¨present and voting.¨
  5. Agenda – list of topics to be discussed.
  6. Draft Resolution – a plan for a potential resolution to a real world conflict, which will be voted on (normally a 2/3´s majority vote is necessary to pass a resolution in the United Nations).
  7. Debate – when delegates are invited to present their country´s stance on an issue.  Speeches from a ¨speakers list¨ are usually limited to 1-2 minutes, but there may be a motion to speak longer.
  8. Unmoderated Caucus – a temporary recess (approx. 20 minutes) when delegates can get together to informally discuss topics and prepare draft resolutions.
  9. Point of Information – when a delegate wants to oppose or question something the speaker says.
  10. Point of Order – when a delegate believes the rules of procedure have not been followed correctly.
  11. Point of Personal Privelege – when a delegate feels any personal discomfort (ex. noise, bathroom, distractions, etc.)
  12. Point of Inquiry – when a delegate is unsure about procedures.

DELEGATES:

  • All students will be delegates representing a UN member state.
  • Groups of 2-4 delegates will work together (Students can choose groups).
  • Students may choose the country they wish to represent, however there are two restrictions: 1) that there is a good representation of the different regions of the world, and 2) that they cannot choose Chile.

TOPICS:

  • Students will vote on 2-3 resolutions regarding the following topics: Syria, Darfur, France Headscarves ban, Globalization, Isreal/Palestine conflict, Climate Change, Human Trafficking or North Korea´s Nuclear Program. 

 

 

Lincoln Middle School Internal Debate Tournament

OBJECTIVES:

Demonstrate what the team´s role is in the debate.

Elaborate the arguments that support the team´s case in the debate

Argue for the team´s case and against the other team´s case in the debate.

 

… AND TRY TO WIN!   🙂

 

TOPICS 5TH – 6TH GRADERS:

Junk food, Capital punishment, transportation, Immigration, Space exploration, prisoners, Zoos.

7TH – 8TH GRADERS:

Intellectual Property, Immigration Policies, Older versus younger generations, Driverless cars, Organ sales, Drones, Freedom of speech and Censorship.

Resources for 7th-8th Round 1 debates:

Debate #1

http://www.newsweek.com/jury-blurred-lines-case-was-misled-314856

Debate #2

http://www.debate.org/opinions/do-you-think-we-should-let-muslims-into-our-country

 

Debate #3

9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate

Debate #4

 

WSDC Debate Format

Debate

Let´s face it!  Debating is fun!  Team sports are fun!  Competition is fun!  School debate competitions are teams sports.  You have two teams (usually with 3 people per side), and at the end of the debate, one of those teams will win, and one of those teams, despite performing well, will lose.   That is sport.  The thrill of victory!  The agony of defeat!  🙂

This unit we will learn how schools debate competitively.  There is a lot to learn, so let´s begin!

The virtue for Unit 3 is Honesty, which has everything to do with fair play!!

The learning objectives and skills are the following:

Analyze the WSDC 3 versus 3 Format.

Compare and Contrast the roles that each speaker must fulfill, as well the job of

Side Proposition and Side Opposition.

Develop a complete case for the side students represent in a debate.

3 vs 3 Format:

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World schools debate championships

Unit 2 – Debate in Real Life

WHY DEBATE?

CAN YOU THINK OF AREAS IN SOCIETY WHERE DEBATE IS VERY IMPORTANT?

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT SKILLS YOU NEED TO HAVE TO BE GOOD IN THESE AREAS?

This unit we are going to do two or three activities in class that we use debate in real life.

  1. A Mock Presidential Debate
  2. A Mock Criminal Trial
  3. A Mock Business Negotiation

Here some real life examples:

 

 

 

ROLES:

Mock Trial 5th Grade

Amanda Barber, Defendant

Mrs. Green, Plaintiff

Mr. Brown, Witness

Mrs. Castle, Witness

Plaintiff’s Lawyer

Defense Lawyer

Court Clerk

Sheriff’s Officer

Judge

Jury Foreperson

Jurors

Mock Trial 6th Grade

Judge

Clerk

State Prosecuter(s)

Defense Lawyer(s)

Martinn Mann

Richard Cervantes

Connie Cook

Brad Stevens

Tanya Morgan

Jaclyn Bardie

Mock Presidential Debate

First Candidate:

Second Candidate:

Third Candidate:

Fourth Candidate:

Moderator 1:

Moderator 2:

Audience 1:

Audience 2:

Audience 3

Mock Business Negotiation

Department store CEO:

CEO´s Secretary:

Salesperson:

Salesperson´s Associate:

Lists of Roles LB

5A Activity Roles  5B Activity Roles  6A Activity Roles  6B Activity Roles

Scripts

Mock Business Negotiation

Mock Presidential Election

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Mock Trial 6th

Mock Trial Format

Don´t be a Bystander

Unit 1: Conflict Resolution

Objective: Recognize situations when it is difficult to resolve conflicts

Virtue: Joy and Love

Skill: Recognize/Relate

Hi everyone,

Well, the last few weeks we have been talking about different kinds of conflicts and ways that we can resolve them.

Now, although we don´t like to admit it, probably the easiest way is just to ignore problems, and this is especially the case when the conflict does not concern you.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1.  Do you always tell the truth?  Think of some examples when it is difficult to decide to tell the truth or remain silent.
  2. What would you do if you saw somebody being bullied?
  3. What is a bystander?

WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO.  LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES WHEN SOMEBODY COULD DO SOMETHING TO INTERVENE.  WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THEY INTERVENED?

 

 

 

Unit 1 – Conflict Resolution: Written Reflection

Instructions: Read the situation below, and answer the questions in your copy books using complete sentences.

SITUATION:

Some of your classmates are making fun of a new student who is in the other class because he has a funny accent.  They are constantly imitating how he talks and laughing at him.  At first, the boy is also smiling and laughing too, but after some time, you see he looks sad.

QUESTIONS:

  1.  What would you do?  Why?  What wouldn´t you do?  Why not?
  2.  What might happen if you and the other students did nothing and just ignored the situation?
  3.  Do you think your friends deserve to be punished for making fun of his accent?  Why or why not?  If yes, explain the punishment.

Socratic Circle – Intelligent automobiles?

Hello students,

This post was created on last year´s website for high school students.  The idea is that you can see the format and structure of Socratic Circle activity.

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Topics for discussion will be selected by the teacher or students, and may consider the following areas:

  • 5th-6th: Conflict Resolution
  • 7th-8th: Immigration or Science & Technology, Environmental Issues
  • 9th – 11th: Modern Day Politicians

Immigration Policies: Democratic Candidates

http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/03/10/democratic-debate-miami-lucia-translator-whispering-deportation-orig-vstan-06.univision/video/playlists/2016-democratic-presidential-debates/

*Ex. Climate Change Debate for 7th-8th Graders:

Trump (2:35 – 3:309 vs. Dicaprio (1:50 – end)

Nat Geo Article on People´s distrust in Science

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/03/politics/mitt-romney-presidential-race-speech/index.html

Lincoln Debate & Critical Thinking 2015

 

You will read the following article and you must come up with three questions for next class.  The idea is that your questions can be discussed, that they are not simply comprehension questions, rather they are critical thinking questions you can bring to the circle.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/moral-machines

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What does it mean to be diplomatic?

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DIPLOMACY is the ability to deal with others without causing bad feelings (Merriam-Webster simple definition of Diplomacy, 2015).

So, if you can solve problems without causing bad feelings, you are diplomatic!

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Gang Of Youths Fighting

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

a) What do you think happened?

b) What can they do?  What can you do as a By-Stander?

c) How can you be more diplomatic to resolve conflicts?

Click on the link to see some tips on how to be a  more diplomatic person!