Teacher Review For Argument Wars

Establishing claims and counterclaims using relevant issues and corresponding legal and court primary sources is the heart of this game; however, studens should participate in a tutorial and practice round prior to independent play.

Kirstin S.
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Schools
Huntington, WV
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
In my classroom, this game was used as a means to practice matching and understanding claim and counterclaim in an argument. Initially, I gave a tutorial of the site and provided a paper copy of the plays needed at different rounds in the game. Without the tutorial or handout, students would have been slightly confused regarding how to play and navigate the game.
My Take
I think this game would be useful in other English classes as an activation strategy to practice elements of argumentation; however, I can also see a government teacher using this as an extension of the judicial system and popular court cases.