We started the day with a short lesson on extemporaneous speaking. Our instructors did a demonstration of improvised speaking for our students, then we split into breakout groups to do some extemporaneous speaking exercises. Students were asked to speak impromptu on a wide range of unfamiliar topics. After a bit of practice they really started to get the hang of it!
In some of our breakout groups, our students did “who would win in a fight?” debates. They debated matchups like Unicorn vs Anaconda, Panda vs Whale, and Chicken vs a single Bee. Later, we moved on to full fledged debate rounds. Our students debated resolutions like “Animal testing should be banned in the US,” “The US should decrease its military budget,” and “Single gender classrooms are good for education”.
Other groups started practicing research skills, specifically focusing on critical reading, and interpreting evidence to build an argument. We discussed what defines the quality and credibility of a source, and analyzed different example sources. We focused on rebuttal skills, attacking an opponent’s arguments using logical analysis and evidence.