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A one-semester or yearlong course for grades 8-12
“For what should a man live, if not for the pleasures of discourse?” —Plato
What would you do if you were having a conversation with a friend and realized that you completely disagreed with her point of view? What if your friend wanted to debate you about this issue? Would you welcome such a challenge as an adventure, or would you shrink from it as a threat? If you are one who feels fearful about—or even repelled by—debate or disagreement, Everyday Debate & Discussion may change your mind. This book will give you debating confidence and open your eyes to the benefit of debate, disagreement, and discussion in your day-to-day life or in a formal debate setting.
This clear, engaging book is designed for three types of people:
- those leading a debate team or class at a school or co-op
- logic or upper-school teachers who want to create a truly dialectical environment
- teachers who wish to enhance their teaching by including more robust discussion and debate
Everyday Debate & Discussion: A Guide to Socratic Conversation, Informal Discussion, and Formal Debate not only shows students how to conduct informal and formal debates, but also how to develop good arguments by using solid logic and the resources available in their own thinking as well as the world around them. Students will employ the techniques of logic and rhetoric, such as the common topics of definition, comparison, relationship, circumstance, and testimony. Additional study of ethos, pathos, and style is also included, as well as a study of debate arrangement.
This robust teacher’s edition includes the entire student text, along with answer keys, teacher’s notes, and a mini–crash course in creating dialectic classrooms.
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Dr. Shelly Johnson
Shelly Johnson, PhD, earned her doctorate in philosophy at the University of Kentucky with a specialty in social and political philosophy. She teaches logic and introductory philosophy courses at the University of Kentucky. Before returning to graduate school, Shelly taught middle and high school for sixteen years, twelve of which were in a classical school in Lexington, Kentucky. She originally earned a degree in secondary English education from Malone University before pursuing an MEd from Covenant College and a masters in philosophy from the University of Kentucky. She is also the author of Everyday Debate & Discussion: A Guide to Socratic Conversation, Informal Discussion, and Formal Debate and coauthor of The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic.
Shelly lives in Lexington with her husband, John, and her cat, Jax, and enjoys reading, writing, juggling, hula-hooping, and watching movies. She teaches Persuasive Writing: The Argument Builder and Everyday Debate at Scholé Academy.
Grade Level: Grades 8-12
Course Length: Semester or yearlong
Content Credit: 1/2 high school credit