Project Description

Elementary Debate

Our Debate and Critical Thinking class introduces the fundamentals of argumentation, logical formulation and clear speech. We will challenge students to break down complex ideas, to organize their responses and finally to present their ideas in formats such as debates and business pitches. Students should expect two hours of homework a week.

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.