Election Central 2016

Debating in the Classroom


  • Hosting a Presidential Debate - Lesson Plan

    The purpose of the "Hosting a Presidential Debate: Lesson Plan" is to analyze campaign issues, practice formal debate procedures and to understand elements of logic.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • The Great Debates | 60-Second Presidents

    Learn the role of president's played in shaping the nation's "Great Debates" in this activity from 60-Second Presidents. Using resources from within PBS LearningMedia, students will research the power that the executive branch has in determining America's place in foreign affairs and write an essay in which they present their informed opinion on this topic.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Debates & the Race for the White House

    Stacey Delikat reports on the impact past debates have had on elections. Students can explore the impact past debates have had on the electoral process and major aspects of Presidential Debates.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Debate League

    Bring on the arguments! For middle school students competing in the Garden State Debate League, arguments are learning opportunities in this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up! The program is designed to teach students public speaking, critical thinking, listening and debating skills. Many students share that they want a forum on which to share their public policy issue opinions. The Garden State Debate program resolves that issue. On debate day, students are assigned either proposition or opposition sides to topics. After preparing arguments and debating their sides, judges declare winners and give constructive criticism.

    Grades: 13+
  • Public Speaking and Persuasion - Improve Your School!

    Students will watch two videos from China depicting public speeches. Afterwards, they will create and give presentations of their own. During these presentations they will describe ways in which they would like to improve their school and try to persuade the audience to agree with their ideas. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Debate Begins

    This video segment adapted from Independent Lens documents the first school government election allowed in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China.  It was an experiment that was conducted with a class of third grade students who had no experience with elections or the democratic process of voting for a class monitor. In the first part of the video, Cheng Cheng and Xu Xiaofei debate their strengths and weaknesses, followed by a second debate between Luo Li and Cheng Cheng in front of their classmates. To learn more about this election, see the second segment, "Final Speeches," where the race for class monitor continues.  

    Grades: 6-12
  • Independent Lens | Final Speeches

    This video series, adapted from Independent Lens, documents the first school government election allowed in Wuhan, the most populous city in central China.  It was an experiment that was conducted with a class of third grade students who had no experience with elections or the democratic process of voting.  In this segment, the race for class monitor continues with a final persuasive presentation by each candidate.  To learn more about this election, see the first video segment, "Debate Begins".

    Grades: 6-12

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