Debate: Is Cheerleading a Sport?
Students examine how women are perceived in society by preparing for, then debating, whether or not cheerleading should be considered a sport. In order to prepare for a well-informed debate, students will research women in sports -- from society's attitudes to women's sports accomplishments. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by analyzing their recorded debate using student-designed rubrics.
Five to six days. Note: These need not be on consecutive days. On intervening days, students may check their poll boxes, message boards, e-mail, and bookmarked websites on the topic.
English, Civics, and History
Students will be able to:
- Research relevant and serious information about the topic
- Participate in an informed discussion, defending a position
- Reflect on their communication skills in this discussion (reflective piece will be in writing)
- Produce an assessment rubric based on a video recorded debate
From the National Standards for United States and World History
(5-12), National Center for History in the Schools, 1996 (http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/nchs/standards/
Standards in Historical Thinking
Standard 3. Historical Analysis and Interpretation.
From the National Educational Technology Standards
Standard 4. Technology communication tools
Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences
State and Local:
New York State Social Studies Standard
Standard 5 Civics, Citizenship, and Government:
4: ability to probe ideas and assumptions, ask and answer analytical questions, take a skeptical attitude toward questionable arguments, evaluate evidence, formulate rational conclusions, and develop and refine participatory skills.
From the New York City English Language Arts Performance Standards
Standard 2. Writing.
E2f The student produces a reflective essay
Standard 3. Speaking, Listening, and Viewing
E3b Participate in group meetings
E3e Listen to and analyze a public speaking performance
This lesson was prepared by Amy Benjamin.