An engaging introduction to debating skills. This book teaches kids how to take a stand – and win!
Kids are used to disagreeing with rules – not that anyone ever listens. But what if there was a way of disagreeing that worked? What if there was a way kids could change adults’ minds? Welcome to debating! This book can help kids master exactly how it’s done. As two debaters on opposing sides tackle each of five hot-button issues – chores, screen time, eating vegetables, bedtime and doing homework – readers follow along, step-by-step, and learn the ins and outs of doing research, constructing an argument and rebutting an opponent’s case. Then, after each debate, readers get to decide which side they’re on. And they just might surprise themselves! It turns out that making a smart and logical argument is a perfect way to get your way. What kid can resist?
A lot of kids get told not to argue. But I say go for it – the right way – in this lively and thought-provoking book. These pages cover the entire debating process: resolution, opening statement, research, rebuttal and closing argument. They also include key tips about debating and public speaking, choosing terminology, the importance of deep listening and how to select quality sources. Skills taught – critical thinking, research, media literacy, constructing a persuasive argument – link directly to the social studies inquiry process. Colorful, eye-catching art on every page by Chanelle Nibbelink features a diverse cast of characters and adds visual appeal.