Project Description

Debate and Critical Thinking

Our Debate and Critical Thinking class will provide participants with a guide to the fundamentals of argumentation, logical formulation, and clear speech – skills that are an essential part of high school and eventually college and life success. Students in this course will be challenged to process a range of complex ideas through reading and discussion, to organize their thoughts using brainstorming and framing tools, and to finally present their ideas in a variety of formats, including debate and business pitches. Students can expect to receive two hours of homework a week and will be expected to participate in weekly class debates.

What are the benefits of this class?

  • You will learn how to break down complex ideas from discussion and reading.

  • You will learn how to organise your thoughts through brainstorming and framing tools.

  • You will learn presentation skills essential to high school, and to success in college and life.

  • You will meet like-minded, ambitious students who will be your classmates and friends for life.


  • Recommended for students in grades 7 and 8.


  • Document-based multiple-choice questions.

  • Essay instruction.

  • Class-based discussion each week.