For Cell Phones or Against? The Great Debate

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SWBAT speak knowledgeably about their opinions on whether kids should have cell phones or not as they come prepared to our classroom debates.

Big Idea

Our class debate teams will face off today as they present facts to back up their opinions of whether or not kids should have cell phones.


Class Debate

90 minutes

In the lesson, students researched and prepared to debate whether or not kids should be given their own cell phone.  Today's students will work in teams as they face off during our classroom debate.  Our debate teams consist of three students per team.  I have 24 students so this worked out nicely to divide the students into eight debate teams. With eight debate teams, we will have four formal debates. A few of the students decided that it would be fun to have a host for the debate.  I have aloud different students that opportunity during our four different debates.  I have included our debate rules in the resources.  

To set up for our debate, I have put three desks on the left side and three desks on the right side of the the front of the room.  The desks are facing the rest of the class.  Check out the resources for short video clips of the debate.