Movie debate

Choose a topic or controversial issue, and have your students read about and discuss it in class. Instead of writing a essays in support of one side or the other, have them create a short movie.

Outline:

Two students each choose opposing sides of the debate. They 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. They can also edit the dialogue 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.

Debate Topic:

Should schools require students to wear uniforms?

Objectives:

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.

 

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