• calvin and hobbes

    Welcome to Mrs. Cohen-Michel's Argument and Debate Class
    “Argument and Debate” is a ten week cycle for 6th grade students. Throughout the marking period, we will be focusing on building the skills needed to construct thoughtful, evidence-based arguments that will convince audiences that their position is the right one.  Students will both read and write in this course, as well as practice and develop their speaking and listening skills.  Students may choose an issue to explore, and gather research, as well as conduct interviews and surveys to support their argument. As a culminating assessment, students present their arguments to peers in a speech.

     Essential Questions: By the end of this cycle, we will have answers to the following:

    Unit 1:  Intro to Argumentative Writing- Building an Argument

    • What is the difference between fact and opinion?
    • What is the best way to fairly win an argument?

    Unit 2: Aristotle’s Triangle of Rhetoric

    • How are ethos, pathos and logos used to form an effective argument?
    • What qualities make for strong presenters?

    Unit 3: Persuasive Commercial Advertisements

    • How can ethos, pathos , and logos be used to effectively draw in an audience?
    • How can you best enhance your presentation skills?

    Unit 4: Structuring an Argument with Ethos, Pathos, and Logos  

    • What are the elements of a balanced argument?
    • What is the best way to support your claim?

    Unit 5: Debates

    • How can a balanced argument be enhanced for presentation in a debate.
    • How can knowledge of  a counterclaim be used when preparing for a debate’s rebuttal?
    • What creative ways can ethos, pathos, and logos be incorporated into a debate?
    • How can the use of ethos, pathos, and logos be used to enhance your presentation skills?



    • Classwork/Participation

    • Projects/Presentations

    • Writing assignments



    This class is designed so that our study of argumentative writing and speech will occur during our class time. Most work will be completed within the time of a class period each day. Students may decide to work on projects from home, if we feel more time is needed.