How to Hold a Debate
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How to Hold a Debate
This lesson appears in the Unit Plan on The Law of Cause and Effect
Debate is a way of reflecting and contemplating the teachings. With debating you can look at a topic from different angles and with that deepen your understanding from it. It can challenge your own beliefs, make a topic more practical and relating to personal lives. It is also a fun activity in which a lot of teamwork and communication between each other is needed.
- By active analysis deepen the understanding of the topic
- Learn to communicate your understanding of the topic
- Learn to look at one thing from different angles
- Work together, learn from each others wisdom
How to do it?
- Split the group into two groups, or even three or four when you have a big group. Choose four independent judges (they are not in a group)
Put four chairs in a row for the judges.
- The groups can sit together and think of a name for their group.
- Pose the statement you are going to debate (depending on the topic you are working on). For example: ‘Distraction causes unhappiness’ or ‘Human beings are by nature selfish’ or ‘Everything changes’
- Tell the respective groups if they are for or against the statement (they can not choose)
- Each group has 10 minutes to find 3 good arguments for agreeing or disagreeing with the statement. It’s good if they can use examples from their live as a support.
- In the meantime the judges can discuss what they find important in the debate, what are their criteria for a presentation of an argument.
- After 10 minutes each group chooses one or three representatives (for each argument 1 child) to give their arguments.
- The group that agrees with the statement starts, then the disagreeing group, then vice versa until all arguments are presented.
- The judges have some time to discuss and then recap the arguments and pronounce their decision of who wins the debate, who was most persuasive and why.
Important: it’s not about winning here! And it’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s about reflection and deepening the topic!
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