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ES 325 From Civil Rights to Black
Power – Spring 2022
Debate – A Three Week Group
Assignment
General Guidelines
The online debate assignment requires researching a relevant Black Studies issue,
thinking critically about the issue, preparing arguments to support a position on the issue,
and rebutting arguments that support contrary positions. In conducting your research you
should consider the multi- dimensional nature (social, political, economic, spiritual
impacts) of Black Studies issues.
1. Week 1-3(weeks 15-16 & Finals week) : Each student will select a debate position.
2. Week 15: You will conduct your own individual research on your selected debate
position.
3. Week 16: You will upload your individual research into your private group forum. Be
sure to put identify your individual work in this forum. Group will draft an outline.
Group will draft an opening statement.
4. Finals Week: You will upload the group’s opening statement to the public forum and
also each individual will upload the group’s opening statement to the graded link on
Canvas.
5. Finals Week: Submit rebuttal statements and prepare closing statements and upload
them to the public forum. Each individual will also upload the group’s rebuttal
statement and closing statement to a graded link on Canvas.
There will be 8 groups this semester, which means 4 debates. The debates will all be
happening simultaneously, over a three week period (see below). Debates will take place
online and if time permits as well as in class.
The entire debate series (group preparation, group presentation, and individual judging)
will happen online using Canvas forums. All classmates will comment on the other
debates in which they are not presenting.
Assignment breakdown When: Where:
Week 15: April 25-May 1
Debate Preparation
Individual Research on
selected topic
15 points
Due Wednesday, April 27
by 11:00 PM
Post in private group forum
Week 16: May 2-May 8
Debate Preparation
Group Outline
10 points
Due Wednesday, May 4 by
11:00 PM
Post in private group forum

Updated: 3/3/22

Weekly Expectations Detailed
Week Fifteen and Sixteen – Debate Preparation
Topic Outline
1. Go to your private group’s forum in Canvas and meet with your team
members
a. Meeting in-person is fine, but all of your work must be recorded in
the online forum so each of you can be individually graded
b. Only your team members and the instructor will have access to this
online room
2. Each member should present at least 2-3 scholarly resources and provide
a brief description of each resource.
3. Outline the 3-5 of your strongest arguments for your position
4. Draw on each members’ research to draft a few sentences for each point
5. Be sure to include evidence supported by scholarship to support each
supporting point.
6. Identify arguments likely to be made by the other side
7. Draft a few compelling sentences for each of these potential counter
arguments
8. Use appropriate citation methods (i.e. APA, ASA, Chicago, etc.) to identify
the works that you have consulted (minimum 2-3 references per person)
7. Submit your group’s debate Outline
Week 16-Finals Week: May
9-15
Public Debate Starts
Opening Statement (final
draft)
25 points
Due Sunday, May 8 by
11:00PM
Post in public debate forum
Finals Week: Read
opponent’s opening
statement
Submit
Rebuttal Statement
25 points
Due Wednesday, May 11 by
11PM
Finals Week:
Read Rebuttal Statement
Closing Statement
25 points
Due Friday, May 13 by
11:00PM
Post 1st draft in private
debate forum
Post final draft in public
debate forum
Post in private debate
forumUpdated: 3/3/22

Weekly Expectations Detailed
Week Fifteen and Sixteen – Debate Preparation
Topic Outline
1. Go to your private group’s forum in Canvas and meet with your team
members
a. Meeting in-person is fine, but all of your work must be recorded in
the online forum so each of you can be individually graded
b. Only your team members and the instructor will have access to this
online room
2. Each member should present at least 2-3 scholarly resources and provide
a brief description of each resource.
3. Outline the 3-5 of your strongest arguments for your position
4. Draw on each members’ research to draft a few sentences for each point
5. Be sure to include evidence supported by scholarship to support each
supporting point.
6. Identify arguments likely to be made by the other side
7. Draft a few compelling sentences for each of these potential counter
arguments
8. Use appropriate citation methods (i.e. APA, ASA, Chicago, etc.) to identify
the works that you have consulted (minimum 2-3 references per person)
7. Submit your group’s debate Outline
Week 16-Finals Week: May
9-15
Public Debate Starts
Opening Statement (final
draft)
25 points
Due Sunday, May 8 by
11:00PM
Post in public debate forum
Finals Week: Read
opponent’s opening
statement
Submit
Rebuttal Statement
25 points
Due Wednesday, May 11 by
11PM
Finals Week:
Read Rebuttal Statement
Closing Statement
25 points
Due Friday, May 13 by
11:00PM
Post 1st draft in private
debate forum
Post final draft in public
debate forum
Post in private debate
forum

Updated: 3/3/22
Draft Opening Statement
1. Create an initial statement in response to your debate resolution and
support your statement with evidence in a detailed outline of your
argument. This should be about 600-700 words (Can be longer if needed).
a. Use the Debate Rubric (below) to ensure that your group has
completed everything listed, with a high level of effort before
submitting
2. Anticipate potential Rebuttal Statements
3. Submit draft Rebuttal Statements
Week Sixteen and Finals Week – Public Debates
Opening Statement and Rebuttal Statement
1. Submit your group’s Opening Statement to the Public Debate Forum
2. Also individually submit your group’s Opening Statement to the link
“Grading for Opening Statements.” This is where each member receives a
grade for the group work.
3. Read your opponent’s Opening Statement
4. Determine how much of your Opponent’s argument you already
anticipated, and determine what you will still need to address to counter
these arguments in your Rebuttal Statement
5. Start with the work you did in Week One, Item 5, and then assign each
team member any new counter arguments you need, based on the
statements your Opponent’s made in their Opening Statement.
Submit Rebuttal Statements
1. A rebuttal consists of offering evidence or arguments that refutes or negates
the arguments put forth by the other side. Develop your best case to rebut
the arguments that were offered by the opposing side. You may also use this
post to seek clarification of the other side’s arguments (300-500 words)
2. Submit your Rebuttal Statement to the Public Debate Forum.
3. Individually submit your group’s Rebuttal Statement to the link “Grading for
Rebuttal Statements.”
Present Closing Statement
1. Use your Closing Statement to respond to the points raised in the rebuttal
arguments. You may want to show why their rebuttals is mistaken, and/or
acknowledge the strength or soundness of the argument, but downplay its
significance, or in some cases, concede its importance and reformulate
your original position as appropriate (450-500 words)
2. Submit Closing Statement to the Public Debate Forum.
3. Individually submit your group’s Closing Statement to the link “Grading for
Closing Statement.”
Finals Week-Evaluations
1. Copy and paste the “Who Did What” document to evaluate each team member
including yourself. Change the top line from Student One, Student Two, etc. to
the names of the people in your group. Include a narrative comment for each

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