Engage in Structured Debates

By on March 29, 2016

LiteracyTA makes it easy for students to engage in structured debates. Let's have some fun and get students ready for argumentation with LiteracyTA's Debate a Side activity. From clear directions and diagrams to language supports and assessment tools, LiteracyTA has what you need to successfully run debates in your classroom! 

Although we offer a step-by-step process for the debate, our resources are flexible so you can develop your own process and routines. 

Want a timer to pace each step? Click on the Interactive Lesson and open the timer.

Try our Debate a Side and let us know how it goes.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

W1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
SL1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
SL4
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
SL6
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
L1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L6
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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