Top 20 Fun Debate Topics for Middle School 2023

Last Updated on February 22, 2023

Fun Debate Topics

Here is a list of fun debate topics. These are great for kids, teenagers, and beginner English language learners.

  1. Which makes a better pet? Cats or dogs?
  2. Would you rather be really big or really small?
  3. What came first? The chicken or the egg?
  4. Homework should be banned. Agree or disagree?
  5. Mcdonald’s is the best fast food restaurant. Agree or disagree?
  6. Summer is better than winter. Agree or disagree?
  7. Who are better teachers? Men or women?
  8. Would you like to live forever?
  9. Children under 16 should be allowed to vote. Agree or disagree?
  10. Children shouldn’t be allowed cell phones until they are over 18. Agree or disagree?
  11. ‘Smart phones’ make us stupid. Agree or disagree?
  12. What’s the best pizza toping?
  13. What’s more important? Being good looking or being smart?
  14. Playing video games is bad for health. Agree or disagree?
  15. No one should ever tell a lie. Agree or disagree?
  16. Which is a better dessert? Cake or ice cream?
  17. Humans are the most dangerous animals on the planet. Agree or disagree?
  18. Aliens may be living among us. Agree or disagree?
  19. Clowns are scary. Agree or disagree?
  20. Math is an important subject to learn. Agree or disagree?

Tips for Conducting a Fun Debate

Once you’ve chosen a funny debate topic, there are some important things you should do before starting the debate to make sure it runs smoothly.

Introduce the Fun Debate Topic

Before starting your classroom debate, be sure to introduce the topic to students an make sure they understand what they will be debating. This is especially important when you are conducting a debate in an ESL class where English is not the students’ native language. Introduce the topic and ask students about their initial thoughts. Elicit some key vocabulary and expressions that your students may need when arguing their case.

Establish the Debate Rules

Even though students will be discussing a funny debate topic, students can still get quite emotional when arguing their case with their classmates. Be sure to establish the debate rules to make sure that students listen to one another and respect each other’s opinions.

Some good debate rules to follow are:

  • Do not interrupt when others are speaking.
  • Keep your answers short and concise.
  • Listen carefully to your opponent and ask questions once they have finished.
  • No idea is a stupid idea.
  • Do not raise your voice.
  • Always speak calmly and politely to your opponent.

Give Students Time to Research about the Debate Topic

The best debates are ones in which students can back up their opinions with facts. If possible, give your students time to conduct some research about the debate topic. This can be as simple as letting students use their cell phones in class. Or, if you have a computer room in your school, students can use the internet to research.

Give Students Time to Prepare Their Argument

Once students have conducted some research it’s time for them to prepare their arguments. Have students write down their arguments. Then, encourage students to anticipate how their opponent will respond, and prepare an answer. Even when debating a funny debate topic, giving students time to prepare will make the debate much more fun and educational. Download this debate planning worksheet to help your students prepare their opening statements and arguments.

Keep Track Of Time

To make sure your debate is fair, and each side gets the same chance to lay out their argument, it is important to keep track of time. A great way to do this is to use a visual classroom timer so that both you and your students can see how much time they have. Using the classroom timer, give the first team 2 minutes time to present their argument. Then give the other team 2 minutes to present their case. Then give both teams a few minutes to prepare their rebuttal. Next, give each team 2 minutes to present their rebuttal and their final summary of their argument.

Thanks for reading. Hope you found some fun debate topics you can use in your next class.

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