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Introduction to Debate. What is a debate?. ….A boxing match of ideas. It is not a chance to stand up and yell at each other Best debaters are composed and not agitated emotionally. The goal = a search for truth Truth is not 1+1=2, but the best idea presented logically and arguably. .

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what is a debate
What is a debate?
  • ….A boxing match of ideas.
  • It is not a chance to stand up and yell at each other
  • Best debaters are composed and not agitated emotionally.
  • The goal = a search for truth
  • Truth is not 1+1=2, but the best idea presented logically and arguably.
the structure
The structure

Opening statements   Topic Presenters – 3 different people present reasonsRebuttal conference Rebuttals- 2 different people

Closing statements  

how it ends and who wins
How it ends and who wins?
  • After CLASHES (rebuttals) occur, teams have chances to provide closing statements, or sum up why they’re right and why the other team is wrong.
  • During the debate, and after it is over, the referee and classmates score the points.
points and winners
Points and Winners
  • Discuss Debate Ballots
rules
Rules
  • Mutual Respect- no disrespect will be tolerated.
  • No interruption: each time a team speaks out of turn or even whispers to another team member, 3 points will be deducted from the entire team score.
now let s do a simple debate
Now! Let’s do a simple debate.
  • Resolution:College football is better than the NFL.
  • Create two sides:

Affirmative: Agree with resolution

Negative: disagree.

5 minutes to organize thoughts

prepare for next fri day
Prepare for Next Friday:
  • Divide roles within your team
  • Create three reasons to support your resolution
  • Each role creates arguments, gathers information, writes down speech, practicing, but not preparing to READ entire notes.
schedule
Schedule
  • Today: Introduce debates

Time in the lab to work/plan debate

  • Wednesday January 22: Peer editing in the lab & Time in the lab to work/plan debate
  • Friday January 24: Block 1: First ½ of class working on the debates & Debates Begin
  • Sunday January 26: Paper due
  • Tuesday January 28: Debates Finish