7th Grade Think Aloud
To Support the Process of Inquiry
Nearpod from Michelle
The Process of Developing a Public Forum Debate Case
- Brainstorming affirmative and negative reasons to support and negate the resolution
- Researching through inquiry both sides of the issue
- Narrowing the reasons for and against the resolution
- Selecting values that match the reasons in support of and against the resolution
- Writing three claims and warrants to support from research
- Determining the impacts of each warrant
- Creating and introduction that has an attention grabber and defines necessary words in the case
- Crafting a conclusion that brings the case to a close and leaves the listener thinking
Claims, Warrants and Impact
- The introduction should begin with an attention grabber such as a quote and continue with an extension statement and the resolution statement ("Resolved...").
- Next the case should include 2-4 essential vocabulary words defined and aligned to the side of the case.
- Finally, the introduction should include a values statement which will serve to judge the case.
- The conclusion should serve as a bookend of the debate case and leave the judge and opponent swayed towards the side being debated.
Divide into two groups
Your team is responsible for writing a con case
Explain the case components: claim, warrant, impact
Give them some modified briefs (cards or evidence)
Revealing the author’s craft through the think-aloud
Develop case and then do an example debate (30 minutes)
Two teams completing with three judges
- Students that are judging are graded on the ballots they write because they must defend their decisions