Teacher’s Edition – Foundations of Debate


This Teacher’s Edition includes everything educators need to use Foundations of Debate with their students.

This hardcover book includes the entire Student Edition plus:

✓ Introductory materials about educational pedagogy, teaching methods, and how to structure a curriculum around the Flexbook

✓ Multiple pages of new content at the beginning of each chapter to guide teachers through the lessons

✓ Sample solutions to all 125+ in-lesson activities

✓ Annotated pages from the Student Edition

✓ Additional activities for classroom or extra-curricular use

This Teacher’s Edition includes everything an educator needs to implement Foundations of Debate in their classroom or in extra-curricular programs.

This hardcover book includes the entire Student Edition with ~100 added pages, sample solutions to all in-lesson activities, and in-page annotations for teachers.

Recognizing the unique challenges teachers face, we have enriched this edition with comprehensive pedagogical content and teaching strategies that are directly aligned with the core materials of the student edition. Each chapter includes detailed teaching guides that provide structured instructions on how to present the material, engage students, and facilitate discussions. Additionally, the teacher’s edition features annotations to the student text that clarify complex concepts and suggest practical ways to apply them in a teaching setting.

Moreover, the Teacher’s Edition expands on the original by incorporating a variety of new resources aimed at enhancing instructional delivery and student comprehension. Educators will find added sections on pedagogy that discuss the principles of teaching debate, methodologies for different learning styles, and techniques to measure student progress effectively. To further assist teachers, the edition includes expanded explanations of debate formats covered in the student edition—Public Forum and Congressional Debate—along with tailored activities that can be implemented directly in the classroom.

This resource is designed not just to inform but also to inspire teachers to cultivate a dynamic learning environment where students can thrive in the art of debate.

About the Student Edition

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 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 1 in
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Table of Contents

Champion’s Guide to Debate includes 26 chapters of guidance for students new to debate. The lessons include 200+ in-text activities to reinforce key skills. Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:

Unit 1: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Introduction to Debate

Chapter 2: Basics of Public Speaking

Chapter 3: Addressing Stage Fright

Unit 2: Core Debate Skills

Chapter 4: Debate Logistics and Etiquette

Chapter 5: Structuring and Generating Arguments

Chapter 6: Core Research Skills

Chapter 7: Refutation Methods

Chapter 8: Preparing Materials for Debate

Unit 3: Congressional Debate

Chapter 9: Congressional Debate Basics

Chapter 10: Speechwriting and Argumentation

Chapter 11: Writing Legislation

Chapter 12: Robert’s Rules of Order and Presiding Officer Guide

Chapter 13: Advanced Strategy and Building Relationships

Unit 4: Public Forum Debate

Chapter 14: Public Forum Basics

Chapter 15: Cases and Argumentation

Chapter 16: Refutation and Blocks

Chapter 17: Advanced Strategy and Round Vision

Unit 5: Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Chapter 18: Lincoln-Douglas Basics

Chapter 19: Philosophy Primer

Chapter 20: Writing Frameworks

Chapter 21: Affirmative Strategies, Cases, and Speeches

Chapter 22: Negative Strategies, Cases, and Speeches

Chapter 23: Progressive Strategies

Unit 6: The Debate Community

Chapter 24: Judge Adaptation

Chapter 25: Debating in Online Environments

Chapter 26: Debate Beyond the Classroom

Download Sample

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