PROJECT SPECIFICS: DEBATING COST OF FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
VITAL ISSUES: 2015
GROUP PROJECT: DEBATE- Major Reductions in Carbon Emissions are Not Worth the Money
In two teams students will debate the proposition: major reductions in carbon emissions are not worth the money. Students will be assigned a side from which to research and argue. Approximately 4 class periods will be given to research. One period will be given to debate. Each student will play a direct role in the debate process and will prepare in written form, the materials for the various aspects of the debate. Based on a rubric a winner will be declared and additional points assigned to the victorious team.
Students will engage in research over the proposition outlined above. In doing so, students will seek to establish a convincing argument that provides strong proof of their position and effectively refutes the position of the other side. There will be three phases to the debate process:
Opening statements which outline the position and establish the basic evidence that has been researched
Questions for the opposing side with are specific in criticizing the reasoning and evidence of the other team
A closing statement which will bundle the strongest evidence in support of the established position and demonstrate the weaknesses of the opposing side.
Each student will construct a transcript for each of the three phases and submit this for a grade. The work must be submitted at the end of the debate. Unfortunately during the debate itself each student will only get to engage direct in one or two of the phases in order to allow all team members to participate.
Written portion: three elements of debate
Written portion: 100 points
Participation in debate 30 points
TOTAL POINTS: 130 POINTS
CONTENT OF WRITTEN PORTION:
Evidence in the form of data, examples and clear reasoning
Reasonable refutation of the other side's position
Convincing construction of an argument