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Originally submitted by Victoria Young on Apr 11, 2011.
A list of different sentences/motions (not included).
As a warmup to this class, my JTE and I debated the motion "Cats are better than dogs", using very simple English. (Dogs won EVERY time - even when we swapped debate sides). Then, I gave students a worksheet and asked them to tick whether they agreed or disagreed with a particular motion. I used eight sentences for this. Some sentences included:
Then I ran through the results, doing a quick survey along the way. Just for curiosity's sake.
Lots of latitude to be creative with debate motions. I found this class interesting because you can really challenge the students on their opinions - something that doesn't seem to happen that often. The most interesting motion I used was 'You should be allowed to drink alcohol when you are 18'. Nearly all of 250 students asked disagreed. If I'd tried that at home, I expect the answer would be reversed. You might want to check with your JTE first on some of the more controversial statements.
Stress to your students that even the most powerful arguments can be made in very simple language: "Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne.