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DebateAble: Debate for Middle School

Specifically designed for middle school students, this course teaches debate through discussion of issues that matter to you. You’ll be challenged to actively listen and argue both sides of any topic to cultivate a richer understanding of different perspectives. Hone your skills in critical thinking, high-level reasoning and evaluating evidence. The course includes a variety of activities to engage young debaters in a positive, upbeat environment. We’ll wrap up with a debate match on the last day of class. 

UW Summer Youth Programs is excited to partner with DebateAble, which brings its unique youth-focused curriculum to districts from Seattle to Dallas and young people across the country.

Who It's For

This camp is for incoming 6th through 8th graders.

Instructor

Abbie Shew is a Ph.D. student in communication studies at the University of Washington, where she also teaches public speaking and debate. Abbie was a competitive debater throughout high school and college, judged high school debate tournaments, coached high school teams in Iowa and Minnesota and served as an instructor at the Women's Debate Institute. 

Zoë Chaira has coached elementary and middle school debate since 2010. A nationally ranked high school debater, she won multiple debate tournaments and placed first in individual events in dramatic interpretation and oratorical interpretation. Zoë is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also has experience directing children’s theater and improv classes. 

More Information

This remote course is taught via Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. The instructor uses a blend of whole group discussion, small group/partner work and individual work time.

To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam.

See the Policies section for details about registration policies and more.

Details

Jul 19–Jul 30, 2021

Sect. A-1
Day
Mon–Fri
Time
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location
Remote
Cost
$675
Refund Deadline
June 7, 2021
Status
Full

Jul 19–Jul 30, 2021

Sect. A-2
Day
Mon–Fri
Time
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
Location
Remote
Cost
$675
Refund Deadline
June 1, 2021
Status
Full