Overview: Students respond to a quote by and formulating for and against arguments on the spot.
Goals: Encourages students to develop mental agility by constructing arguments quickly and helps prepare students for exams.
- The instructor gives students a question or a quote from an author. For example, this activity was done with two quotes from George Decker and Carl von Clausewitz.
- Students are prompted to argue in favor or against. They write for 5 minutes and lay out an argument, give three points, and then conclude.
- Their writing is not collected or discussed.
Comments: This activity develops quick analytical thinking and writing.