Evidence Based Argumentation

Evidence-Based Argumentation (EBA) is an instructional tool developed by the Boston Debate League in conjunction with Boston Public Schools to equip teachers in all disciplines to create classroom environments where students regularly practice essential academic skills. Inspired by the success of after-school debate programs in improving students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking capacities, Evidence-Based Argumentation is founded on the notion that student-generated arguments are an engaging and effective method for learning any subject matter while simultaneously building the most important skills that students need to be ready for college and careers.

 

Evidence Based Argumentation follows a progression of five core argumentation skills, each of which contains objectives for student mastery: Making a Basic Argument, Making a Strong Argument, Using Text as Evidence to Support an Argument, Responding to Counterarguments, and Structuring a Complex Argument. To teach these skills while at the same time delivering course content, EBA has developed fifteen activities.

 

Below are explanations of the skills and activities that are encompassed by EBA, as well as templates to use for each of the fifteen activities. There are also links to subject pages, which has contain subject-specific descriptions of the activities, example claims, and example lesson plans for a variety of courses within the subject.       


 

EBA Skill One-Pagers

EBA Activity Narratives

Brainstorm Game Narrative

Carousel Narrative

Class Challenge Narrative

Come to Consensus Narrative

Evidence Sort Narrative

Four Corners Narrative

Full Debate – Committee Style Teacher Preparation Notes

Full Debate Narrative

Interview Narrative

Mini Debate Narrative

Pass the Paper Narrative

Scavenger Hunt Narrative

EBA Core Activity Templates

Skills & Activity Documents

EBA Skill Progression 2015-16

EBA Skill Progression 2015-16 Teacher Version

EBA Skill Progression 2015-16 Student Facing

EBA Activity Breakdown by Skill

EBA Activity Breakdown by Skill – Best for Math

 

Activity 1: Carousel

Activity 1 Skill 2 – Carousel Claim Development

Activity 1 Skill 2 – Carousel

Activity 1 Skill 2 – Carrusel Spanish

Activity 1 Skill 3 – Carousel Math

Activity 1 Skill 3 – Carousel

Activity 1 Skill 4 – Carousel

Activity 1 Skill 5 – Carousel

 

Activity 2: Class Challenge

Activity 2 Skill 3 – Class Challenge – PARCC

Activity 2 Skill 3 – Class Challenge

Activity 2 Skill 4 – Class Challenge – Math

Activity 2 Skill 4 – Class Challenge

Activity 2 Skill 5 – Class Challenge – Math

Activity 2 Skill 5 – Class Challenge

 

Activity 3: Four Corners

Activity 3 Skill 1 – Cuatro Esquinas Spanish

Activity 3 Skill 1 – Four Corners

Activity 3 Skill 1 -Three Corners Special Education

Activity 3 Skill 2 – Four CornersSkill 3 – Four Corners

 

Activity 4: Full Debate

Activity 4 All Skills – Committee Debate Committee Packet

Activity 4 All Skills – Committee Debate Debater Packet

Activity 4 All Skills – Multi-Perspective Debate

Activity 4 All Skills – Two-Sided Simple Full Debate

Activity 4 All Skills Teacher Preparation Notes -Full Debate Committee Style

 

Activity 5: Mini Debate

Activity 5 Skill 2 – Mini Debate Spanish

Activity 5 Skill 2 – Mini Debate with Guiding Prompts

Activity 5 Skill 2 – Mini Debate

Activity 5 Skill 4 – Mini Debate

Activity 5 Skill 5 – Mini Debate

 

Activity 6: Pass the Paper

Activity 6 Skill 1 – Pasapapel – Spanish

Activity 6 Skill 1 – PTP Game – Math

Activity 6 Skill 1 – PTP Game – Special Education

Activity 6 Skill 1 – PTP Game

Activity 6 Skill 2 – PTP Game – Math

Activity 6 Skill 2 – PTP Game

Activity 6 Skill 3 – PTP Game

Activity 6 Skill 4 – PTP Game

Activity 6 Skill 5 – PTP Game

 

Activity 7: Scavenger Hunt

Skip to toolbar