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.