After School Debate Programs for
Elementary 4th and 5th Graders
Middle School 6th through 8th Graders
Our After School Debate Programs are held ONLINE this Fall.
You need a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computer with webcam and reliable internet.
Students begin by learning key skills for debating. The structure of an argument, responding to opposing arguments, ask and answering questions, taking notes, making cases, researching, and synthesizing the arguments in a debate into a persuasive argument. Students work in small groups--our staff to student ratio is typically 1 to 5 students. Students engage in debates with expert feedback and engage in redos to improve their speaking and argument skills. All the while, they are building up social connections and friendships with other students who share their goals.
Experienced students build off the debate knowledge they have gained. Working in small labs of 4 to 6 students, they learn advanced skills and strategies and how to put them into action. They are challenged by more difficult debates. They are challenged to improve their cases and responses. All along, they are working with their debate friends--a supportive, high achieving group who want the best for each other.
Nearly 200 students have participated in our afterschool program and we have many students who participate in the program repeatedly and even alumni who come back to judge and help out. A great group. These students have won dozens and dozens of awards at the huge 240+ student Seattle U tournament including first speaker awards in beginner, intermediate, and experienced levels.
We use an online program specifically created for debate called Yaatly. It makes engaging in practice debates easy and it is also the platform for the Seattle University debate tournaments.