Date: February 24, 900am - 12:00pm
Welcome to the 2023 Debate Information Page
OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
Debate is part of Millhopper Montessori Middle School’s advanced curriculum. A formal debate is held every other year for students to debate their researched viewpoints on a topic. This year’s Debate will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 at 9:30am
The Debate Topics and Teams 2023
Sixth Grade Debates
Water or Land
PRO: Protecting our water supply is more important than protecting our land.
Team: Dahlia, Remy, Noah, Arina, Joaquin, Sonya
CON: Protecting our water supply is NOT more important than protecting our land.
Team: Travis, Camila, Ben, Jakob, Bindu
The Big Sugar Industry
PRO: The Big Sugar Industry Has a Negative Impact on the Environment
Team: Lucas, Norris, Ava Lu , Laura
Con: The Big Sugar Industry DOES NOT HAVE a Negative Impact on the Environment
Team: Vivie, Eli, Henry
Golf Courses and Water Usage
PRO: Golf courses deplete our water supply.
Team: Harrison, Abby, Eshaal
Con: Golf courses do not deplete our water supply.
Team: Holden, Harry, Hailey
Debate gives students the opportunity to utilize critical thinking skills and learn to formally discuss real-world issues while learning from their peers.
Debate allows the students to learn about different viewpoints on a given topic.
Debate teaches students about defending a viewpoint with facts not opinions.
Persuasive Essay Organizer
Professional Attire Required
Debate Paper printed
Calendar of Dates
Jan. 9: Introduction of Topics
Jan. 11: Work in Class/Research
Jan. 12: Work in Class/Research/Format of Debate
Jan. 23: Work in Class/Research/Three Points
Jan. 27: Three Points Due by end of class: The Statements are due, not the summary of each statement.
Feb. 3: Work in Class/Research/Writing Summaries
Feb. 6: Work in Class/Research/Writing Summaries
Feb. 10: Work in Class
Feb. 13: Draft of Entire Debate due: Opening, Closing, Rebuttal, Point 1, Point 2, Point 3.
Feb. 17: Practice Delivery
Feb. 24 Formal Debate at 9:30am
Note: (There will be a practice date added the week
of Feb. 21 before the day of the Formal Debate.)
Part 1: Each student will be graded individually on their part in the debate.
Part 2: A panel of judges will choose which side of each debate presented the most valid viewpoint based on research, facts and oral presentation.
Research: 35 points
Participation: 20 points
Peer Evaluation: 10 points
In Class Work Days: 15 points each
Summary Draft: 50 points
Professional Attire: 15 points
Written Paper: 100 pints
Each student will receive feedback on their oral presentation.
Each student will start with 60 points
15 points will be taken away for not wearing professional attire
10 points will be taken away if the presentation is not practiced
Extra points will be given for eye contact 10 points
Extra points will given for voice projection 10 points
Extra Points will be given for proper body language 10 points
Extra points will be given for tone in delivery 10 points
DEBATE Written Paper Rubric
CORRECT SPELLING/GRAMMAR: 10
OPENING: (Attention Grabber): 10
Summary of points: 15
Point clearly stated: 5
Properly Cited: 5
Closing Clear/Position restated: 10
Content Clearly Stated: 10
Good Use of Words: 10
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