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US Debater Helps Fifth Graders With Persuasive Writing Lesson
Andrew Mouzin

Upper school speech and debate member Erin William shared with fifth grade English students on Thursday, April 22, about how she prepares her arguments when she competes at tournaments. She discussed the main properties of an argument in debate: a claim (statement that is being made), warrant (why the claim is true) and impact (why the claim matters). She also shared how she researches her claims.

Fifth grade English teachers Alice Kroh and Sally Miller are working with the students on persuasive writing. Students created a pro and con side about refugees or the Civil War, two subjects they've studied this year. Once they are completed with their writing, the students will create a broadcast or podcast and select the argument they believe is the strongest.