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

P.E.E.L. Argument – Written Evaluation Unit 1

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Here are the instructions for your evaluation for Unit 1.

You will write out IN YOUR COPY BOOKS a complete PEEL argument for a debate on a given topic.

REMEMBER THE PEEL STRUCTURE:

Point, Evidence, Explanation, Link

Your argument will be graded on how you fulfill each of the four criteria (P.E.E.L.), Use of English and neatness.

Your teacher will write the debate motion on the white board.

Once everyone has completed their arguments, and has had them checked, students will be able to present the arguments in a debate (Crossfire format or 3 vs. 3 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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Debate: Past and Present

(Fill-in-the-blanks on a piece of paper)

BACK IN THE DAY

Debate dates back to around the fifth century B.C. when the 1)_________ philosopher Protagoras proposed that for every idea, there must be a corresponding opposite or contrary idea.

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Around the same time, other Greek philosophers pioneered the ¨sophistic¨ movement, which focussed on the power of rhetorical 2)_________ mainly in the political arena.

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Then along came 3)__________.  He blaimed the Sophists for tricking people into believing them via their ¨gift of gab¨ or for being ¨wordsmiths¨.

So rather than simply persuading people with effective speech or writing, his objective was to seek truths through effective questioning.  And although  Socrates´ questioning strategy and ability to make speakers look bad by proving them wrong was sometimes compared to that of a ¨4)_________ charmer¨, his focus was primarily on logical reasoning and rational thought.  Thus, although effective speech is very important, so is being right!

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LET´S FAST FORWARD TO NOW!

Just like the Ancient Greeks predicted, public speaking and debate would prove to become one of the most important parts of the democratic process in Western Society.

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Here: British Prime Minister 5)______________ during the parliamentary debate on whether to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, December 2, 2015.

In fact, in more than a few occasions during US presidential elections, whether it was what they said or how they said it, the vote was directly influenced by candidates performances in the debate.

 

 

 

The 2012 Presidential Debates between President Obama and 6)____________ Romney show us the effectiveness of strong voice, 7)___________ language and clear developed arguments based on factual examples.  (Watch: 0:55 – 2:00, Romney challenges Obama on the economy, Obama rebuts).

 

Whereas, the debates for the Republican Primary for the 2016 presidential election more closely resemble a 8)________________.  (Watch: 2:55 – End).

 

 

Answers to Fill-in-the-Blanks:

  1. Greek
  2. speech
  3. Socrates
  4. snake
  5. David Cameron
  6. Governor
  7. body
  8. *Answers may vary: ex. game, party, shouting match, really annoying reality show, horrible Hair Club for men Commercial, popularity contest on the Lifestyles of the Rich and “Shameless”, Saturday Night Live skit, WWE Monday Night Raw, Animal Planet special on primates or bunch of drunks.

 

…AND NOW MORE TRUMP:

Antonio Banderas and Pitbull (6:40-fin) respond:

Islamic Extremists by numbers

Watch: start – 1:40 only!

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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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back!

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Welcome back everyone!  5th graders new to debate, 6th graders who learned a lot last year, 7th and 8th graders who are going to have an extra hour to really have some good, fun debates, and finally all you high schoolers, you know how this works, and you know that I know that you know how to have a good debate!

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Well, at the end of last year, you spoke and I listened!  This year will be better than ever! The biggest change will be that there will be more oral discussions and debates, and less reading and written work.  But the audience will be expected to work, recording and reflecting on what the speakers say.  This way nobody will be interrupting!  And everything we do will be “con nota”  !!!

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Anyway, do what you have to, and do it your best.  That’s how you will improve your speaking and debating, get a good grade and have fun too!