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Debate: Organizing The Opinion

Debate: Organizing The Opinion

Students create an introduction and conclusion, signposts, reasons, and supports for a debate resolution. An ESL debate activity practicing how to organize opinions.

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. Alternatively, use the debate topics from the Giving Opinions activity.

Procedure

1

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

2

Give each student a Handout. Ask students to read the Handout and do the task in their groups.

3

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 and reasons as signposts

Signposts: short words that clearly define the reason

Reasons: the reason you agree with the opinion or topic

Supports: the support for your reason, such as an example, explanation, expert opinion, or statistic

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

4

Give each group a different resolution from the list of debate topics. Their task is to create reasons, supports, and signposts for the resolution. Then, organize the information similar to the Handout.

5

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

6

Ask the audience to listen and identify the signposts.

7

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

Notes:

It’s best to do this activity after the Giving Opinions, Giving Reasons, and Giving Supports activities.

Printable Worksheets

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