Cuban Missile Crisis Debate

The purpose of this activity is for students to present a complicated academic debate within their own debate. Asher Orkaby assigned students to a position in the debate and had them prepare their arguments before class. The students were paired together and asked to debate JFK's performance during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They based their arguments on readings assigned for the week. After presenting their arguments, the students fielded questions from their classmates. At the end of class, the students voted on which pair was the most convincing; the winning pair received JP Licks gift cards. To make the activity successful, Orkaby suggests pairing a strong student and less strong student together in a team. Also, it may be helpful to know the class well before trying group activities such as this one.