When preparing for and debating with peers, students analyze, form, and express verbal arguments, fostering their critical thinking and literacy skills. In preparation for a debate, students research their topics and examine their evidence, practicing Critical Literacy and Argumentative Reasoning to form their persuasive arguments.
Watch how this high school teacher uses philosophical chairs to discuss a text they are reading. Through the debate, the students pay attention to the details of the text and provide evidence to support their argument. Structuring the activity with norms around language and evidence, including sentence frames, fosters their Composition and Argumentative Reasoning.
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Learn how Kialo supports debate by creating a clear structure with claims on both sides for a thesis statement. With collaborative features like marking the relevance of the argument or asking for clarification, students can refine and bolster their arguments, building their Argumentative Reasoning.