7th Graders Hold Debates

Students debate at podiumsSchalmont 7th graders sharpened their debating skills last week as Ms. Harvey’s ELA classes held classroom debates about school dress codes.

Students prepared for the debates by studying the 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, a landmark case dealing with free speech in schools.

For many of the students, it was their first chance to debate and they took it quite seriously by dressing up for the event.

Students worked in teams with each student getting an opportunity to present different arguments for their side. After hearing the other team’s presentation, students had a minute to work together to come up with responses.

“You really worked hard this week and we’re really proud of you,” Ms. Harvey told her students.

Students debate at podiums