How to Stage a Debate

 

Plotagon Academy: How to Stage a Debate

Turn a standard essay-writing assignment into a fun, collaborative movie debate!

Choose a topic or controversial issue, and have your students read about and discuss it in class. Instead of writing an essay in support of one side or the other, have them create a short movie. Two students each choose opposing sides of the debate.

Students can either write their scripts ahead of time and then paste (or type) them into Plotagon, or they can write directly into the Plotagon script. Encourage them to edit their scripts to create a lively point/counterpoint debate.

Students can create their own avatars, choose an appropriate location, and record their own voices to create a polished two-character debate.

Objective:

Teach students to formulate an argument, write in support of the argument, cite evidence, and edit the argument to support a verbal (rather than written) delivery.

 

Related Lesson Plan:

For an example, see the related lesson plan Should Schools Require Students to Wear Uniforms?

 

Keywords: English, English Language Arts, ELA, Composition, Essay, Rhetoric, Language, Speech, Debate.