Foundations of Debate: Public Forum & Congressional Debate for Grades 6-8

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A revolutionary resource tailored to help younger students master fundamental debate skills and concepts.

This Foundations of Debate Flexbook (for Grades 6-8) includes:

✓ Age-appropriate content, carefully crafted to engage and challenge students in Grades 6-8

✓ 18 chapters covering debate basics, argumentation, research skills, effective communication, and critical thinking

✓ Lessons that align with curriculum standards for middle school debate education

✓ Engaging application activities designed to help students practice and apply new skills in real-world scenarios

Flexbooks are consumable items; students will complete exercises directly in each book. You should order one copy per student.

Please allow 10-14 days for delivery of physical books.

The Foundations of Debate for Public Forum and Congressional Debate Flexbook by Champion Press is a groundbreaking resource specifically designed to teach core debate skills to students in Grades 6 – 8.

This book is crafted by a team of 10+ nationally renowned educators with 100+ years of classroom debate experience. They worked to create age-appropriate content that engages and challenges younger students while providing a solid foundation in debate principles and techniques.

Understanding that younger students require a unique approach to debate education, our Flexbook covers essential topics such as argumentation, research skills, effective communication, and critical thinking. Each chapter is presented in a clear and accessible manner, ensuring that students in Grades 6 through 8 can grasp complex concepts and develop a deep understanding of debate fundamentals. These skills are applied to the rules and practices of Public Forum Debate and Congressional Debate, two of the most popular debate formats.

In addition to the comprehensive content in our Foundations of Debate Flexbook, we emphasize engaging application activities that encourage students to practice and apply the new skills they learn. Through interactive simulations, classroom discussions, and hands-on exercises, students will have the opportunity to test their debate abilities in real-world situations. These activities not only reinforce the material but also promote deeper understanding and long-lasting retention.

Champion Press is dedicated to making speech and debate more accessible for students of all ages, and we understand the importance of laying a strong foundation for younger learners. With our Foundations of Debate Flexbook, we aim to inspire a love for debate and empower students to develop the critical thinking, research, and communication skills that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional lives.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .75 in
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Table of Contents

Foundations of Debate for Grades 6-8 includes 18 chapters of guidance for students new to debate. The lessons include 125+ in-text activities to reinforce key skills. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:

Unit 1: Getting Started 

    Chapter 1: Starting Your Debate Adventure

    Chapter 2: The Art of Speaking in Public

    Chapter 3: Building Confidence

Unit 2: Debate Basics

    Chapter 4: Competing in Debate

    Chapter 5: Everything Is An Argument

    Chapter 6: Do Your Research

    Chapter 7: Ready to R.I.O.T.

Unit 3: Congressional Debate

    Chapter 8: Representative, You Have the Floor

    Chapter 9: Rhetoric for Representatives

    Chapter 10: I’m Just A Bill

    Chapter 11: The Gavel

Unit 4: Public Forum Debate

    Chapter 12: Will You Be My Partner?

    Chapter 13: Make Your Case

    Chapter 14: Red Team Operation

Chapter 15: Documenting Debates

Unit 5: The Debate Community

    Chapter 16: You Will Be Judged

    Chapter 17: The Digital Debate World

    Chapter 18: Beyond the Classroom

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