Debate Spring Semester Lesson Plans

Mrs. Thompson

Day 1: Thursday, January 7

Get to know one another!

1. 2 Truths and a Lie

Day 2: Friday, January 8

Practice speaking in front of others!

1. "Mad Libs" Speaking Activity

Day 3: Monday, January 11

Learn about values:

1. Discuss the purpose of values in LD debate

2. Split up into partners. Each group gets a value to read about and then explain to the class.

Day 4: Tuesday, January 12

Discuss the values from "How to Select a Value" in the LD Debate Notebook.

Day 5: Wendesday, January 13

Apply the values to the LD Topic. Which value would you choose?

Day 6: Thursday, January 14

What an argument?

  • Lesson I from the National Forensics League Teacher's Notebook
  • 1. Students take a stand on a statement. Report their arguments.
  • 2. Introduce the claim, warrant and impact.
  • 3. Students write arguments FOR the current resolution.

Creating an Argument Notes/Assignment

Day 7: Friday, January 15

Finish creating an argument

Day 8: Tuesday, January 19

How do you affirm and negate a statement of value?

Lesson 2 from the National Forensics League Teacher's Notebook


  • To understand what a statement of value is.
  • To understand what must be done to adequately support a statement of value.

1. What is the difference between a statement of value and a statement of fact?

*A statement of value is more about what out to e true rather than what is true.*

- Metaphysical concepts like "justice" and "morality".

- Subjective

2. What is the difference between proving a statement true vs. affirming a statement of value?

- What does it mean to affirm a statement of value?
- What does it mean to negate a statement of value?

3. What would we need to logically prove or know to affirm or negate this resolution?

- What burdens are placed on each debater?

4. Effective textual analysis of the resolution so they know what the burdens are:

1) definitions

2) type of resolution

3) context

4) actor and action

5) evaluative term

Complete the textual analysis together and turn in for a grade!

Day 9: Wednesday, January 20


Lesson 3: Refutation in The National Forensics League Teacher's Notebook

Objective: To learn about the different types of ways to refute an opponent's arguments.

1. Respond to arguments affirming the resolution.

2. Students refute arguments of different types.


- Write the argument you created using claim, warrant and impact on an index card.

- Cards are posted around the room.

- With a partner, go around to each argument and on a post it note, write a counterargument. Brainstorm/add on to the arguments with each rotation.

- At the end, the original writer of the argument looks at the post its(counter arguments) and responds to each one on a piece of paper.

Day 10: Thursday, January 20


Could you respond to any of the arguments on others' papers? - Write your responses on the poster outside of the sticky note.

Day 11: Friday, January 21