Block Arguments Lesson Plan for 9th Grade Example Students

Topic: Writing Block Arguments in Debate

Objectives & Outcomes

  • By the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify and write block arguments in debate.


  • Examples of block arguments in debate (can be found online)
  • Writing paper
  • Pencils


  • Ask students what they know about block arguments in debate.
  • Write their answers on the board.
  • Explain that block arguments are usually used to attack the opposition's case, but they can also be used to defend one's own case.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the term "block argument."
  • Explain that a block argument is a collection of several arguments that all relate to each other and attack a common theme.
  • Demonstrate how to write a block argument by using the sample block argument as a model.
  • Have students work in pairs to practice writing block arguments using different topics provided by the teacher.

Guided Practice

  • Give each pair of students a different topic and have them write a block argument using the model provided.
  • Have students share their block arguments with the class and solicit feedback.

Independent Practice

  • Have students choose a topic of their own and write a block argument on it.
  • Encourage students to use the model provided and to seek feedback from their classmates on their block argument.


  • Have students share their block arguments with their peers.
  • Discuss any challenges or successes students had in writing their block arguments.


  • Collect and review students' block arguments to assess their understanding of block arguments and their ability to write convincing, coherent arguments.

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