Inquiry question: What makes a good argument (debate wise)?

What would I like to learn: I would like to learn the key components to a good argument and how I can argue for both sides.

I chose this skill because I’ve never had the chance to learn about debate in class and I would really like to. In class discussions, there are arguments, but that is because someone disagrees with what someone else is saying, but there are no formal debates. I am excited to learn this, because whenever there is a discussion I always have to voice my opinion and when there is something that I hear that I disagree with my hand goes up and I am ready to say what’s on my mind.

I don’t have very much prior knowledge, because i never learned it before. A skill that I already have to help me is that I know how to argue, not formally but I know. I am also very persistent when I have an idea of what my side of the argument will be like, I consistently work to get to that. Even if there are facts from the other side that might shift some of the things I am going to say, I find a way to use what they gave me to help my side.

Skills I hope to learn: I hope to work on my persuasive, critical thinking, and reasoning skills. 

People I can ask for support: I hope that Mr. Morris will give me some time if I have questions, he has already given me somethings to help my research. Other then that, I am sure I will be able to find peers to help me. 

Other resources that can help me: There is always the internet as a resource. 

I was thinking about demonstrating my learning by finding a simple and short question that I could argue, and with that I would argue both sides and see how people would react to how I handled both sides. I would start off with the question and ask the class what they thought, then I would argue one side, explaining what I am doing as I go, and when I finish that side I would ask the class how many people agreed with me based off of my presentation and my facts. Then I would switch over and argue for the other side, and repeat what I did for the other side, then after I’m done I will again ask the class who believes me. If some people have put their hands up twice I will ask if anyone was confused about which side to believe and then why. All of this will be very short and within the time but it will really show how I learned what makes a good argument. 

If I split our time frame into thirds, the first third I can learn the basics of debate. The second third I can find the question I will be debating and start working on one side, plus I can get deeper into what makes a good argument. Then the third third I can work on the other side of the argument and start getting my presentation cleaned and ready. This will all be done in and out of class.