1. Lead the class in a discussion of decision making. Point out that everyone has their opinion and that it is okay to disagree.
2. Ask: How do you solve your disagreements with family members and friends? (turn and talk)
3. Provide each student with copies of Auburn and Georgia football schedules for the past five years and students will average their scores against rival opponents like Alabama, Tennessee, and LSU.
4. Students will utilize a decision-making graphic organizer for team data.
5. Students will complete the necessary information for each team.
6. Lead the class in a discussion to determine which team has the best rivalry score. The noted data must be used for support. Encourage students to use all data when answering questions.
7. Ask: Does beating Alabama makes one team better than another?
1. Begin by discussing with students the different ways that disagreements can be resolved.
2. Ask: What is the worst way that a disagreement can be seemingly resolved? (turn and talk)
3. Ask: What is the difference between an argument and a debate? (turn and talk)
4. Tell the students that it is okay to disagree without negative consequences.
5. Define debate.
6. Using projector and Internet-accessible computer, show the "How to debate" clip. Answer any questions that students may have.
7. Explain to the students that they will be participating in a debate.
8. Explain that the pro team (for) is in agreement with the decision that the Logan children made to seek revenge and the con team (against) opposes the decision.
Practice Activity: This activity should help prepare students for the debate process.
1. Students will utilize small group time to write their opinions of several characters in the story on index cards.
2. Students will then discuss their difference of opinions of the characters.
3. Students will use their notes and story facts to support their decisions.
4. Using the story, students will decide if their opinion is based on facts from the story or assumptions from previous experiences.
1. Select 5 students that are (pro-for) and 5 students that are (con-against) the decision that the Logan children made to get revenge.
2. Discuss what the expectations should be for the classroom climate (rapport, taking turns, respecting the views of others, and no yelling).
3. Teams should nominate a captain.
4. Give each team member their responsibilities: support each other, research arguments, actively participate in discussions, and maintain self control.
5. Give each team member time to research/write their arguments.
6. Team members should discuss their research findings and decide how to use the information.
7. The team's main focus should be to try to conjecture what the other team's arguments and responses may be.
8. Provide several chairs in the middle of the classroom for those students that may change their mind about their decision as the debate progresses.
9. Begin the debate with the pro team's opening statement, alternating sides of the argument. A timer should be used to put a time limit for each discussion question.
10. Distribute the debate scoring forms to the remaining students. Students will score each team based on evidence provided from the novel.
11. Students may change their opinions throughout the debate but they must be able to support their beliefs.