Thursday, November 15, 2012

Death Penalty Debate with Honduras

Today students in Mrs. Koshollek's eighth grade Language Arts class engaged in a formal debate on the death penalty with students in Honduras.  Each school chose a side and their key speakers; New London was for the death penalty and Honduras students were against.  To prepare, each student researched a side and wrote a persuasive essay.  As a class, they brought their arguments together and agreed on their main points.  They also prepared possible counter-arguments and an opening statement.  While our main speakers were the debate's focus, the rest of the class assisted to prepare counter-arguments and rebuttal comments while the debate was occurring.  Despite technical difficulties, the students involved did an amazing job and had a chance to see the perspective of students from another country.

View the video below to see a peak of today's debate.

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