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Practice and Prepare_Debate

Description 

How do you prepare to participate in a debate?
Create and execute a plan prior to participating in a debate to ensure that you have focused on pace, tone, intonation, posture, body language, hand gestures, and eye contact, and have adequately practiced.

Time To Complete 

1-2 Days

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.SL.1
  • CCRA.SL.4
  • CCRA.SL.5

I Can Statements 

  • I can
    • use pace, tone, intonation, posture, hand gestures, and eye contract to engage my audience and enhance communication.
  • I will know my practice and preparation are of high quality when:
    • I can use pace, tone, intonation, posture, hand gestures, and eye contract to engage my audience and enhance communication.

 

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students to gauge their level of preparedness for participating in the debate, asking them to demonstrate and reflect upon their performance relative to the quality criteria.
  • Ask students to use rubrics/checklists to self-assess their work and develop a plan for further practice, revision, or editing.
Possible Activities 
  1. Give a mini-lesson on the best ways to practice and prepare for public speaking, including timing yourself, practicing in front of a real audience, practicing in front of the mirror, or recording yourself to focus on pace, tone, intonation, posture, hand gestures, and eye contact. 

  2. Give students articles on how real presenters suggest preparing and have students work in teams to draw out and present to the group the most relevant strategies. 

  3. Have students create a preparation plan checklist in which they list out and schedule in real time the various things they will do to prepare prior to giving their presentation. 

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