Fifth Graders Love to Debate

Every student had the opportunity to speak during the debate.Recently, Mr. Marcum's history classes participated in their fourth history debate of the school year. Students debated about the historical significance that explorers like Cabot, de Champlain, La Salle, and Coronado had on North America.

Students were well prepared for the debate. Every student had the opportunity to speak during the debate and quoted various sources to validate their views. Prior to this debate, students studied the difference between reputable, scholarly sources and non-scholarly sources. Throughout the year, students have been learning to collaborate with their peers, how to critique each other by asking tough, thought-provoking questions, and they have learned how to do so while treating each other with dignity and respect. This debate was a very enjoyable experience for all of the participants and those who came to view the debate left very impressed. A special thanks goes to our guests, Dr. Lester and Dr. Noe. Both fifth grade classes enjoyed having guests in the classroom to see the fruition of all their hard work and they look forward to many more exciting debates throughout the remainder of the school year.

Contact Person: 
Michelle Cunningham