Step One: Inform students about the purpose of having a debate. Explain what it is and have the students come up with thier own definition. (it’s not just an argument, it is a carefully researched and planned method for solving problems and presenting issues and topics)
Step Two: You may want to show students a brief clip of a presidential or some other political debate. Explain to students that the candidates tend to remain calm and their purpose is to be clear about the issues at hand and where they stand, as well as why they are on that side
Step Three: Hand out the questions typed below to pre-selected groups
Step Four: Turn ’em loose:) Allow students to research using the websites listed, or print out the articles for students to read through in small groups
Step Five: Check in with each group and make sure their arguments are valid
Step Six: Inform students of which side they will be on (they need to research both sides of the argument in order for it to be a true debate)
Step Seven: Go over the format of the debate with the students and allow them to practice in small groups
Step Eight: Have students ‘perform’ their debate and evaluate one another on the validity and presentation of the
Step Nine: Using student evaluations and personal criteria, evaluate the students and grade them on their research, group collaboration, valid arguments, and presentation style.
Computer Games Debate:
Are computer games good or bad?
• Using Research and given articles, fill out the following debate form
Affirmative Arguments: (computer games are good?)
Rebuttals to Oppositional Arguments: (you’re crazy, computer games are not bad because…)
Oppositional Arguments: (computer games are bad?)
Rebuttals to Affirmative Arguments: (you’re crazy, computer games are not good because…)
For additional research information, check the following websites:
How computer games can be bad for your brain:
Video games “stimulate learning”
Computer games are good for you!
Computer games pose injury risk
Computer games get OK from educators
Computer games stunt teen brains
The Internet and computer games reinforce the gender gap
The quest to end game addiction
Video game addiction
Computer Games and Violence: A Child’s Friend or Foe?