democracy debate 2.0

Camp Information

  • Grades: Boys and girls in upcoming grades 5-10 for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Location: Online
  • Dates: July 20 - July 24
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Staff: Director: Mike Jackson, M.A. Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision; Community Middle School Social Studies/U.S. History Teacher, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Rider University Practicum in Education Mentor Teacher, Former World History Teacher & Lead Pilot Teacher of the 8th Grade Global Challenge -- awarded “Best Practice in Education” at the United Nations; Published Co-Author of “They’re Doing it in Social Studies ...Because They Have a Voice” on Teaching Controversial issues via Switch-Side Debate & Democratic Discussion: WW-P District Strategic Planning Team; Trenton Times & Trentonian “Coach of the Year” 
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  • Fee: $150
  • Residency: No residency restrictions


Democracy Debate 2.0: Competitive Debate & Mock Trial Tournament is limited to participants who have already completed a week of Debate Camp & Mock Trial Camp 1.0 in previous summers, anyone already registered for a week of Democracy Debate 1.0 for the summer of 2020, or incoming 7-10th graders who have completed a Fall, Winter, or Spring Debate Clinic. It will feature an accelerated pace and more advanced program designed to sharpen debate and mock trial skills at a more competitive level. Less time will be spent on the acquisition of skill though mini-lessons and modeling and more time will be spent engaged in competitive debates, and mock trials. Students will receive direct instruction, practice, and feedback in the use of rhetoric:  literary devices such as stealing thunder, and using repetition, parallelism, analogies, and metaphors. Debaters will also learn to recognize logical fallacies such as faulty cause & effect, leaping to conclusions, hap-hazardous generalizations, slippery slope, apples to oranges, and straw man arguments. These sophisticated communication tools will not only take the debater in this camp to a whole different level, but it will build the foundation for highly persuasive communication in many other venues such as oral presentations, documentary film-making, Mock Trial, Model Congress, and Model United Nations. 

Since less time will be devoted to the direct teaching of the fundamental debate format, campers will be engaged in more sophisticated debate topics and involving STEAM concepts (ex:  Is Human activity responsible for Global Warming? If so, what federal laws should be enacted to decrease fossil fuel emissions and promote green energy?) We will tackle sophisticated political and public policy issues such as immigration and criminal justice reform throughout the week. The week will feature one preliminary tournament and will culminate with a festive Olympic Debate Tournament in the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center and a Mock Trial in the Plainsboro Municipal Courthouse! 

This summer, we are excited to announce that our continuingly evolving organization will be adding an individual Impromptu Debate competition to the 2.0 camp in which students will be given just five minutes to prepare a one-minute debate speech - sure to be an exciting addition to a more advanced Debate Camp experience!

Each Camper will need a laptop, desktop, Chromebook or tablet compatible with Zoom & Google Classroom. All debate resources will be located in Google Classroom. Whole group Assembly floor meetings will take place on Zoom and small-group breakout lessons and work sessions will take place in Zoom breakout “rooms” and/or Google Hangouts. It is required and essential that each camper have a device that is charged or plugged-in and that there is reliable Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection available. 

Financial Assistance is not available for this camp.

Staff to camper ratio: 1 to 8

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