Many Sides: Debate Across the Curriculum by Alfred Snider

By Alfred Snider

This ebook is an all-in-one creation to either the idea and perform of democracy, geared toward higher point highschool and collage scholars and civic-minded adults in either previous and new democracies. parts of the booklet are from the "Democracy is a dialogue" handbooks.

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Combine this with the usual trepidation about research and you will often find students are more worried about the research process than the debate. This section offers way you can reassure them and guide their research efforts. One exciting way to limit the time spent on research and help students become confident with the debate format and research is to have a debate with a limited research pool. In this format, you would provide the students with a restrictive number of sources that they can use for their debates.

Holistic reading turns information that is on a page into evidence that a debater can use – translating information into ideas. While engaging in holistic reading, the students should be revising and adding to their keyword list and beginning to identify lines of argument that they might want to pursue. In addition, students should be taking notes through this entire process. It is in this process that debaters start thinking about how they plan to create their debate arguments. Students should plan what their major arguments are going to be and start looking for research holes that need to be filled.

Teaching persuasion skills This method allows students to be better able to persuade and teaches them the responsibility associated with that skill. The very conception of debate is premised around the idea of persuading an audience to respond positively to arguments. The performance elements of debate require that students not only be aware of the vital arguments and logic of their side, but also of the subtle techniques associated with persuasion. One of the most impressive persuasive techniques that debate teaches is confidence.

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