Debate #2: Jamestown vs Plymouth



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Debate #2: Jamestown vs Plymouth Group Members:

Resolved: That Jamestown Colony was more successful than Plymouth Colony during its first ten years.


Which side is your group supporting (circle one)? Jamestown (1607-1617) Plymouth (1620-1630)


What does the resolution mean in your own words?



How does your group define “more successful”? Use a dictionary if necessary to help define this phrase.

Brainstorm everything you already know about the colony your group supports:


Brainstorm everything your group knows about the other colony:

Looking at what you’ve brainstormed, what could help you prove that your colony was successful during its first ten years?


Looking at what you’ve brainstormed, what could help you prove that the other colony was successful during its first ten years?



What did you brainstorm might show that your colony was not successful?


What did you brainstorm might show that the other colony was not successful?



What are 2-3 claims can you make to show that your colony was more successful? Think of positive ones that support your side and negative claims you could make against the other side


What are 2-3 possible claims that the other side might say how their colony was more successful? Think of positive ones for their side and negative ones against your side

What reasons might you say that would support your claims?

What reasons might the other side give to support their claims?





Claim 1


Reason 1

Claim ___

Reason ____
Claim ____

Reason ____





What specific evidence might your side give to support your reasons and claims?
Be sure to include citations of the source of your evidence. Consult the textbook, the handouts on Jamestown and Plymouth, the research you will collect for homework, as well as the notes you were given on both colonies. Be ready to defend your sources (look for experts) Think about how this evidence will show “more successful” for your colony and be able to explain it during the debate!




Write down possible explanations your group might say to relate the evidence to your reasons and claims:





Affirmative: speaking in support of Jamestown Negative: speaking against Jamestown and for Plymouth

3 Affirmative Groups 3 Negative Groups


3 to 7 Judges
Debate Format
Aff Group 1 Speaker 2 minutes

Neg Group 3 Cross-X 2 minutes


Neg Group 1 Speaker 2 minutes

Aff Group 3 Cross-X 2 minutes


Aff Group 2 Speaker 2 minutes

Neg Group 2 Cross-X 2 minutes


Neg Group 2 Speaker 2 minutes

Aff Group 2 Cross-X 2 minutes


Aff Group 3 Speaker 2 minutes

Neg Group 1 Cross-X 2 minutes


Neg Group 3 Speaker 2 minutes

Aff Group 1 Cross-X 2 minutes


2 minute break
Neg Summary Speaker 2 minutes

Aff Summary Speaker 2 minutes


5 minutes break
Judges’ Give Decisions

Work to Be Handed In:



  1. Judges’ Worksheets

  2. Rubric with name on it


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