They tend to work really well for reinforcing transition words and getting students talking.
You too can use fast debates in your class. Just follow these easy steps.
- First, students are given topics (vampires versus werewolves, sunshine vs rain, analog vs digital) it doesn't really matter the more obscure the more fun! (I normally put 15 different topics on the board and tell them to make groups of 4 or 6 people and pick a category. Then they need to split up into two groups).
- Students present in two groups (normally of 2-3 people each)
- They stand in two lines.
- The person in front of the line can say one sentence, then they have to move to the back of the line.
- Their sentence can argue on behalf of their team OR refute the other team. It cannot do both.
- After they talk the other team gets a turn.
It goes super fast keeps everyone on their toes and tends top be lots of fun! I find this keeps students more involved than a standard debate and since it goes so fast everyone in the class follows along too.
Do you have any alternates to the standard debate? How do your classes like it?