Today we started the day learning about how to keep track of an opponent’s case and effectively respond. We focused on how to effectively structure arguments, as well as on how to deliver the speech. Students practiced these skills by engaging in “animal fight” debates, practicing rebuttals and cross examinations through arguing about which animals would win in a fight.
Afterward, we began a mock trial. The case was a situation where a window was broken, and the owner decided to prosecute a student who was holding a rock. Students played roles such as prosecution lawyer and defendant, and as a team developed final arguments for each side. This exercise helped students improve cross-examination and rebuttal skills, as well as their confidence.