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Debate: First Negative Constructive

Debate: First Negative Constructive

Students create negative points for a debate resolution. An ESL debate lesson practicing how to organize the first negative constructive.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Debate

Time:  60 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Key for the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of debate topics, one for each group. Or use the debate topics from the Giving Opinions activity.
  • Students need the Handout from the activity, Debate: Refuting an Argument.

Procedure

1

Ask the students to work in groups of three to five.

2

Give each student the First Negative Constructive Handout.

3

Ask students to read the Handout and do the task in their groups. Students should use the Refutation Handout to practice the Refutation portion.

4

Check the answers together as a class (answers available on the Key).


Resolution: the topic or opinion of the debate

Introduction: introduces the debate with the resolution

Conclusion: similar to the introduction, but language is in the past tense

Refutation: the counter-argument to the affirmative points

Transition: links the refutation to the negative points

Negative points: the reasons you disagree with the opinion or topic

5

Give each group a different resolution. Their task is to create negative points for the resolution. Then, organize the information similar to the Handout (without the Refutation or Transition portion).

6

Ask the first group to go to the front of the classroom and present their First Negative Constructive.

7

Ask the audience to listen and identify the negative points.

8

Continue with each group until all the groups have had a chance to present.

Notes:

It’s best to do this activity after Debate: Refuting an Argument.

Printable Worksheets

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