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miércoles, 7 de agosto de 2013

File 7: Class Debate


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There are those times when it seems you are in the right spot because everything starts happening in just the right way: you get into the school you wanted, you get a ten when the night before you had gone out partying and stayed up late, you get that job with the nice salary, you get the job bonus at the end of the month and the list can go on and on. Also, other times it seems you and the world are upside down: your boy/girlfriend break up with you, you lose your phone, it rains the day you don't have an umbrella and the list goes on and on.

Is it fate? is it destiny? or, is it just dumb luck? There is, of course no straight answer but there are clearly two schools of thinking here.

One thinks that everything is pre-ordained and so no matter what you do, you are part of a plan and nothing can change that. The other that there is no such thing as a master plan and that it is all random things happening at random times.

Who's right? Who's wrong? We will sure try to figure it out in an all-or-nothing brawl where chance and destiny battle to the end.



1. TASK DESCRIPTION
  • Use communicative strategies to debate a given topic with other people while attempting to be persuasive and convincing when structuring arguments.
  • This task will pit half of the class to the other half.
2. WHAT I NEED

The secret to any debate is preparation and a keen eye for weaknesses in other people's arguments.

  • A strong opinion about the given topic
  • Notes on the topic
  • Information resources to expand your personal opinion (the more you know, the better your chances)
3. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
4. STEPS TO FOLLOW

Above all; prepare.

  1. Brainstorm ideas with your team and identify key points
  2. Develop your key topic points through team discussion
  3. Research additional information to support your ideas
  4. Check the recommended resources for additional help
  5. Organize the points to be presented
  6. Prepare notes or use a graphic organizer
5. HOW WILL I KNOW I HAVE FINISHED?
  1. I have identified the key topic strengths with my team
  2. I have researched information to support our arguments
  3. I have taken notes in an organized way as preparation for the debate
  4. I know my topic and have an opinion about it
6. HOW WILL I PRESENT THIS IN CLASS?
  1. It will be in a simplified debate format
  2. The class will be divided into three teams (moderator, team 1, team 2)
  3. Teams 1 and 2 take turns in presenting and counter-arguing ideas
  4. Moderator team signals each time which team they favor and give points to each team
  5. The objective, then, is to persuade the majority of the moderator team and attain the most points possible.
7. HOW WILL THIS TASK BE EVALUATED

This task is the third of first contained in Unit 7. The values presented here are partial to the 50% grade value the unit has in addition to the Learning Journal and Ongoing Evaluation.

The task evaluation will be based on team and individual organization mostly in how topics are developed in a debate and discussion scenario with a specific intention; to persuade the listeners.

  • Debate [12%]

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