BRAWL (Denotation): a rough or noisy fight or quarrel
B.R.A.W.L. (Theriaultation): Battle Royal All Will Learn; a team-based competitive Socratic Seminar where students learn how to develop their own discussion questions based on purpose/tone/theme and style analysis and then prepare and answer those questions (taken directly from thereadinessisall.com)
For the past few weeks, Mr. Theriault, my English teacher, introduced to us a new method to connect to the global conversation. He calls it a BRAWL.
When we first did the BRAWL, it was an experience like no other. People were throwing words back and forth, defending themselves, and countering one another. Numerous stabs were made to the opposing team. In the end, however, only one team will emerge as victorious.
Here is a short clip of what happened to one team:
Honestly, I learned a lot from these BRAWLs. Since the main objective of this assignment was to develop and answer our own discussion questions, the BRAWLs have taught me how to resolve conflicts through a connection in the real world, such as the arts or the sciences. It also helped me to develop my critical thinking, public speaking, and analysis skills due to the fact that I always had to be quick on my feet to answer the various counterblows that were thrown to my team.
Since this assignment was team-based, teamwork played a crucial role in succeeding. Without it, one could not communicate to their fellow teammates, leading to confusion. As a result, I believe that every teammate has an important part to play in order for the team, as a whole, to succeed. Personally, my role in my team was to analyze the discussion questions, and, as a team, figure out an effective solution. In addition, I tried to get my point across in the most efficient way and support my fellow teammate’s response. I learned that I could help my audience to better understand and relate to my argument by providing relevant real-world examples.
At the end of the day, I enjoyed seeing other people BRAWL. It was a very fun learning experience as I learned a lot. Surely, I will apply what I learned during the BRAWL to my next oral presentation.
Here is an example of a full-length BRAWL for those of you who are interested: