In the sixth grade, you may encounter an elective debate class or discover debate as a portion of another class. Either way, you'll experience one of the oldest art forms known to man -- argument.
Debate is a process that follows clear rules. You and your classmates will take turns presenting factual information that supports your argument (or pokes holes in your opponent's argument).
Sure, your teacher will probably feel great about teach you all kinds of helpful skills, like public speaking, abstract thinking and analytical questioning [source: Sunda]. You, however, can delve into your assigned debate topics knowing just how handy these persuasive skills will be the next time you try to convince your parents to get a puppy or go on a fun trip.