This is such an awesome website to help teachers plan debates for their class depending on the content area. It lists rules, roles and evaluation forms! Could be helpful with understanding persuasive writing, author's purpose: to pursuade, etc
Debate for Kids & Tweens (Tips, Outlines, Rubrics & Other Resources)
Teaching students to debate is not just for debate teachers! Attention all 4th-8th grade ELA, social studies, and speech communication teachers! Debate for KIDS & TWEENS is a great way to improve your student's argumentation, organization, writing, research, interpersonal and group communication skills.
Use this debate guide for the 2012 Election and beyond. Features two graphic organizers for analyzing the debate and a list of discussion questions. All analysis is connected to the Informational Text and Listening and Speaking Common Core Standards.