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The beginning of everything

by Robyn Schneider

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Ezra Faulkner thought he had his senior year (and the rest of his life) all planned out. A tennis star and school leader, he was a golden boy destined to be homecoming king. Tragedy strikes with a hit and run car accident that destroys his athletic ambitions. Suddenly Ezra doesn’t...

There's no debate...the Library has great resources

"Debate and Oratory," 1909 University of Washington yearbook, public domain

French essayist Joseph Joubert said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it, than to settle a question without debating it.” He understood that debate, forensics, and persuasive writing foster critical thinking skills, analytical self-reflection, intellectual curiosity, and a respect of difference.

Increasingly, students are being asked to justify, synthesize, and analyze complex issues into persuasive written and oral arguments. Assignments like these tie into the recently adopted Common Core Standards which “reflect... the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”

The library has both online and print resources to help students assemble research content, understand the mechanics of debate and persuasive writing, and polish a presentation.


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