Debate

Want to learn how to win debates? No need to answer--that’s a rhetorical question. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby (and Tim's clone) discuss rhetoric, the art of arguing. Logical arguments are just the start--see how public speaking skills and charisma are also essential to debate success. Explore time-tested strategies used by ancient Greeks and modern students alike, from rhetorical devices to appealing to the audience's emotions. It's not just what you say, but also how you say it!-meta_description=This speaking and listening video examines the skills and strategies of rhetoric in debates, from logical arguments to rhetorical devices.

Presentation Skills Lesson Plan: The Speech Visual Preview Project

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Writing, Reasoning, & Civics Lesson Plan: Drafting Board Game

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Listening and Speaking Skills Lesson Plan: Using the BrainPOP Featured Movie

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Bill of Rights Lesson Plan: Debate the Amendments!

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Debates and Mock Election Lesson Plan: Battle for the Presidency

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3 through 5, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the differences between the Democratic and Republican political parties. Students then create a presidential race within their school and perform the parts of a formal debate. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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