You don’t have to be a presidential candidate to have a debate. You can stage a debate of your own in your classroom or even your own home. Pick an issue that has two clear sides. (For example: Should there be homework on weekends? Should middle schoolers get recess time? Do you always have to eat all your vegetables before you get dessert?) Before you start your debate, ask your classmates (or family members) how they feel on the issue. After the debate, see if they hold the same position or if they’ve changed their minds. Here are some tips that might help make you a winning debater.
→Research the issue. If, for example, you’re going to make the argument that middle school students should have recess because they need the exercise, make sure you can talk about the benefits of exercise as well as the problem of childhood obesity.