Sample Debate Lesson Plan
Long Range Objective: Standard Number: 5.0 Microbiology - The
student will investigate diversity, impact, and uses of
microorganisms as well as diseases caused by microorganisms.
- Tsw identify the locations of the remaining smallpox
- Tsw list and defend three arguments for and three
arguments against destruction of the smallpox virus.
- Tsw identify the pros and cons related to inoculating
all American citizens against smallpox.
Using PowerPoint, present students with clues and ask them
to name the killer who is described in the clues. Each clue presents the
history of smallpox.
1. Present background information on smallpox
2. Display debate resolution: Resolved that a nationwide inoculation plan
against smallpox should be implemented immediately.
3. Define key terms: virus, smallpox
class into two groups (affirmative and negative)
preparation time to prepare arguments
four main debaters, two per side
students assume role of concerned local residents: ˝ for the program, ˝
to consist of three rounds
one features the four debaters
two: questioning/challenging round between “affirmative” audience members
& “negative” audience members
three: summaries – one summary debater per side
1: Begin with 1st affirmative speaker and follow a pattern of
2: Teacher calls on audience members at random during an “audience” debate
3: Debate summaries
lists key arguments on board as they are presented during the debate.
Q & A, identify the two locations of the remaining smallpox virus.
summarize the controversy surrounding protecting/destroying the remaining
list three pros and three cons for an immediate inoculation program.
Practice (Homework): Item: Due to recent federal
mandates related to No Child Left Behind, public school officials in your
area are making big cuts in the system in order to find enough money to
fulfill their obligations related to those mandates. Item: Due to
recent terrorist threats in the country, the state is asking local
officials to determine if they can assist in funding a statewide
inoculation program against smallpox. Tonight, your city council is
holding an open hearing to decide if all local government departments
should be asked to reduce their budgets in order to find money needed for
the local inoculation program. You have three children in the school
system and decide to attend the hearing to voice your opinion concerning
possible cuts in the education budget. Write the speech you will give (1 –
2 pages). Present at least two strong reasons for the case you will be
making. Construct your argument in well developed paragraphs.