Democracy Debate 1.0: Intro to debate

Camp Information


  • Grades: Boys and girls in upcoming grades 4-8 for the 2021-2022 school year
  • Location: Online  
  • Dates: June 28 - July 2
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Staff: Director: Mike Jackson, Mike Jackson, M.A. Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision; Community Middle School Social Studies/U.S. History Teacher, Rider University Practicum in Education Mentor Teacher, Former World History Teacher & Lead Pilot Teacher of the 8th Grade Global Challenge -- awarded “Best Practice in Education” at the United Nations; Published Co-Author of “They’re Doing it in Social Studies ...Because They Have a Voice” on Teaching Controversial issues via Switch-Side Debate & Democratic Discussion: WW-P District Strategic Planning Team; Trenton Times & Trentonian “Coach of the Year”; Creator of SuperSPORTS Multi-sports Olympic Camp = the competitive model for Debate Camp. 
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  • Fee: $150
  • Residency: No residency restrictions.

Description


Democracy Debate & Mock Trial 1.0 is our beginner/intermediate level camp designed for debaters with little to no experience in Debate or Mock Trial. We will debate local & state issues such as the pros and cons social media, school uniforms, video games, and homework... The older and more advanced debaters will eventually debate more sophisticated and/or national issues such immigration, gun control, freedom of speech, healthcare, alternative energy vs fossil fuels, and minimum wage. Campers will learn primarily from the modeling of our all-star staff comprised of award winning teachers and student members of the High school Debate, Mock Trial, and Model Congress team as well as carefully selected video clips of award-winning middle school debate and mock trial teams. Campers will come away from Olympic Debate & Mock Trial 1.0 Camp with the foundation of evidence-based argumentation necessary to succeed not only in debates, but in ANY argument. They will learn to apply specific tools and strategies such as the C-W-I approach = Claim (your assertion/what you set out to prove) – Warrant (reasons/evidence) – Impact (results/why your argument matters) and the 3-step Refutation Model (You said... However... therefore...).  Each session will culminate with a spirited competition and awards will be presented to the top debaters at the end of the week. The week will culminate with a festive “March Madness” style Bracket Debate Competition. 
There will be a 15 minute snack break between 10:30-10:45 am every day. *Program will take place via Zoom & Google Classroom, instructor will email links prior to the first day of camp.

If you are applying for financial assistance you cannot register online. Please come to the office or call 609-799-0909 ext. 1719 for more information.

Staff to camper ratio: 1 to 8

 

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