Reflection: Real World Applications Should Shakespeare be Required Reading? Let's Debate! Day 1 - Section 3: Practice Round


Very often, debate units are showcases for the peacocks of the classroom.  You know what I mean, the students who are a little brash, a little loud tend to love debating because of its theatrical qualities. Whenever you watch a debate on TV, it seems like the speakers are really acting, more than they are engaging in the thoughtful exchange of ideas.

The parliamentary debate structure and "scoring" (which is nothing more than note-taking) allows for all students in the classroom to participate in the activity, and it provides opportunities for more introverted students to be really successful because they listen.

 I feel that listening is a very underrated skill in our society.  We tend to gravitate toward, and reward, the talkers.  So, I think the emphasis on listening is a real world application that has a lot of value.

  Listening Skills
  Real World Applications: Listening Skills
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Should Shakespeare be Required Reading? Let's Debate! Day 1

Unit 8: Twelfth Night, or What you Will
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT develop arguments using assertions, reasoning, and evidence in support of a point of view.

Big Idea: Give me three good reasons why you shouldn't have to read Shakespeare...

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