Formal debate is one of the fundamental activities of democracy and, through various international organizations such as the United Nations , is also a tool for resolution of global problems and issues.
Debate provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge and communication skills, and allows for critical examination of differing viewpoints. Debate can be used at the beginning of a unit of study on a particular topic (to explore students’ pre-existing knowledge and attitudes on the issue), and/or at the end of a unit of study (to summarize and represent learning).
Various forms and forums of debate are appropriate in Social Studies 11 classes. Examples of relevant debate forms include
• informal classroom debate
• formal debate styles (e.g., Oxford, Lincoln-Douglas, Cross-Examination)
• model parliaments (model United Nations)
• round table discussions
• mock trials
• town hall forums
• online forums
Robert's Rules of Order (1915), newer editions in print, library