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American School of Tangier

Debate and Rhetoric Course


2015-16
Objective:
In this course students examine a given topic and utilize skills of
argumentation and learn how to write cases to present for both sides
of an argument. Students are also introduced to basic researching,
argumentation, rhetorical strategies, and questioning through a variety
of debate disciplines such as the Congressional Debate, the Karl
Popper Debate, Public Forum Debate, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Studentssuccessfullycompetingthiscoursewill:

Learntothinkcritically
Demonstratetheabilitytounderstandandarticulateopinions
Learntechniquesofrhetoricalanalysis
Learntechniquesofargumentsanddebates
Learntechniquesoforalpresentationandtheuseofvisualaids

Debate Topics:
Amendments of the U.S. Constitution
Capital Punishment
Term Limits in U.S. Congress
Weapons of Mass Destruction
U.S. Embargo on Cuba
Global Warming Climate
Universal Health Care
Stem Cell Research
NAFTA
Biofuels
Activities:
Silent Debate
Socratic Seminar
Philosophical Chairs
Flash Debating
Situational Judging Exercises
Political Cartoons and Satires

Assessment:
Class Participation 20%
Homework 15%
Quizzes 10%
Thought-provoking Essays (advocate for or against a particular
position) 30%
In Class Debates 25%
Students Materials:
Binder
Paper (legal pads)
Pens (variety of colors)
Highlighters
Books:
Discovering the World Through Debate: A Practical Guide to Educational Debate for
Debaters, Coaches and Judges. (Joseph P. Zompetti)

Basic Debate (Leslie Phillips)