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Way to Go Debaters Lesson Plan

This is a 11th and 12 Grade project-based learning activity that is part of a larger unit, providing high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take a stance, research and build an argument, then debate it publicly using an audience-friendly debate format, Public Forum. The debate question is: “Should a commuter rail system be built down the center of Main Street (insert your city’s major thoroughfare) to accommodate commuter needs?” Students may prefer to expand existing highways instead, particularly as they are of driving age and would be enticed by options that promote driving and carpooling. Students research and build their arguments relative to environment, personal freedom and safety, then present them to judges in Public Forum format.

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