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Offline ElaineYL

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When preparing for an argumentative writing assignment such as for the writing class or for the GRE writing, the process could get really struggling. At the beginning, it is especially hard to get a much bigger picture of the issue in order to choose a stance, and to come up with pieces of evidence from different perspectives to support the argument.

When I was in the debate team at college and went to trainings and workshops, I benefited from them a lot in terms of supporting an argument by using many examples, and developing the idea. Although the speech form is different from the written form, some logical reasoning process seems to be in common. I think it might be a great idea to use the debating websites to brainstorm for argumentative writing. Extensive reading and discussions might be encouraged as well.

Here are some links from the IDEA (international debate education association) website that I think have awesome contents:

-about“critical thining”: http://idebate.org/debatabase/guides/critical-thinking
-list of resources for argument construction in debate: http://idebate.org/training/resources/133
-list of resources for preparing for and analyzing the debate motions: http://idebate.org/training/resources/135
-list of resources for training logic and reasoning: http://idebate.org/training/resources/554
-list of debate themes by categories:http://idebate.org/debatabase

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Re: Argumentative writing brainstorming: using debating resources
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 09:10:54 PM »
plus an interesting article that talks about "teaching argumentative writing through debate"
http://sckwp.wikispaces.com/Teaching+Argumentative+Writing+through+Debate+-+Joe+Conner


I think if anyone is teaching a class that involves all the four skills, it might be a good idea to integrate argumentative writing and debating. Otherwise, it may be better to focus just writing or just speaking (debating), since the forms of these two and the requirements for these two types of output are quite different.