Debate: The Art of Persuasion

Debate: The Art of Persuasion

CRA Description : 
This assignment asks students to listen to, analyze, evaluate, and respond to claims and counterclaims made by the opposing side in a debate. Students will participate in a debate in which they must explain, support, and defend the claims or actions of a literary or political figure. They will practice using rhetorical devices in their arguments and counterarguments.
Subjects: 
Independent Study
English Language Arts
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Alliteration
Bandwagon
Concrete Examples
Ethos
Imagery
Logical Fallacy
Logos
Parallel Structure
Pathos
Red Herring
Straw-man Argument
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should have substantial knowledge about what constitutes a good argument and about the role of argument in a substantive debate. Students must know that debaters argue a position or point-of-view and defend it with good reasoning and solid evidence. Students should know that good debaters try to view the issue through a variety of perspectives and carefully research both sides of an argument in order to anticipate what opponents may argue, thereby strengthening their position. They should also have some familiarity with identifying the rhetorical strategies (e.g., ethos, logos, pathos) used in a debate and be able to evaluate their effectiveness. Students should be knowledgeable about effective strategies for using the internet for research. Students should be comfortable using word processing software and have prior understanding of and practice in all parts of the writing process, including invention, drafting, revision, and proofreading.