History and Government: How does a teacher organize a good debate?

CHAPTER TWO

2e iv). Explain how a teacher can organize a good debate.

How to organize a debate

A debate could be organized as follows;

  • Select a topic or a question to be debated on.
  • Allow students to form two teams, one arguing for the topic and another arguing against it.
  • Select a chairman and a timekeeper.
  • Choose first speakers, one for and another against,
  • Choose second speakers, one for and another against.
  • The speakers should be given 5-7 minutes each.
  • Allow for first rebuttal for, and first rebuttal against.
  • Give chance for second rebuttal for, and second rebuttal against.
  • Allow time for a general discussion, this is when the floor is open for the rest of the class.
  • Give concluding remarks.

 

 

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