Final ZIP post

My inquiry question is how to can use different language tools and strategies to create more effective debate arguments and rebuttals. My question remained exactly the same, as I feel like it was a question with good size and depth, that wouldn’t take me too long to learn, but also could require further research if I was still interested. I think that during the planning phase of zip, I did very well choosing an inquiry question that would suit my project well.

During the course of the inquiry, I learned multiple valuable skills that could continue to develop me as a student. First of all, I learned a lot about public speaking. This is super important to me, as ever since eminent night, I haven’t been confident in my public speaking abilities anymore, and I’ve found myself to be less and less confident when talking in front of a group. It may be a case of fear of failure, but I feel like I no longer have the confidence I once had. This project has allowed me to work on my public speaking skills and begin to improve them again in the hopes of recovering my confidence. Second, I have learned a lot of persuasion techniques, most of them stemming off logos, ethos, and pathos. I’m beginning to realize how important those three terms are in English in general, and how strong of an impact they can have in persuasive writing and speaking. Finally, I have managed to begin winning debates against my friends by learning these skills, so that’s always fun 😊.

The answer to my inquiry question comes from two different places. One, you must always use Logos, Ethos, and Pathos to form good arguments (you also need to have a strong structure, but that’s common in all forms of English). Second, you must understand how you can use your opponents’ arguments against them and create powerful rebuttals. This can be done by exposing fallacies, using fallacies, or finding inconsistencies or flaws within facts in the argument.

My final learning artifact is not physical, but rather a demonstration of my learning. I do have a short script that I will be submitting, but my final product is a debate with people in the class. Now I have some pre-set debate topics if the guest doesn’t know what they want to debate about, but otherwise, I will be just having a debate with them, and making comments about debate structure and strategies. My chosen curricular competencies are: Respectfully exchange ideas and viewpoints from diverse perspectives to build shared understanding and extend thinking, which I will be demonstrating during the debate sessions. Assess and refine texts to improve clarity and impact, which I have done in my research for the pre-selected debate topics, and Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful texts for a variety of purposes and audiences, which is also shown in my prepared debate topics, which I will be submitting.

I used this website many times to learn debate and argument formats, an get inspiration for my own arguments.

Taught me a lot of strong and effective ways to dismantle a persons argument and rebuttals through exposing their use of fallacies.

Was a very accessible and easy to understand source of information early on in the project, was accustomed to my learning style as I am a mostly visual learner.

Taught me some basic debate formats, that I then used to create my own speed debate format.

Personally, this inquiry has driven me to try and explore debate further and find the real world applications of debate. Like, how can I use debate in my future career? If I go to politics (just an example), debate will be very important in all my day to day work. But how can debate be used effectively in the office? Or in job interviews?

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