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The Great Debate For Debaters

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The Great Debate!

A debate is a formal discussion in which teams present opposing arguments on a set topic.

 

Who is involved?

 

  1. The chairperson controls the debate eg seating, introduction, calls the meeting to order.
  2. The affirming team presents the proposal and argues to support it.
  3. The negative team tries to disprove the proposal and argues against it.
  4. The adjudicator uses a marking sheet to decide which team has presented the most convincing argument.
  5. The timekeeper keeps track of the time and rings a bell to show when the speaker’s time is up.
  6. Researchers may help your team members prepare their argument.

 

Debating Conventions

 

  • Strict order of speaking
  • Set jobs for each team member
  • Chairperson has control of the team and the audience.
  • Set times for each speech
  • A point of order can be made if the opposition breaks a rule or represents you
  • Interjections may be allowed
  • Information is tabled.

 

Words

Meanings

Interjection

Point of order

Leader’s reply

Negative

Definition

Opposition

Peroration

 

Affirmative

Rebuttal

 

Moot

An abrupt interruption by the other team

Formal claim that rules are being broken

Final speech given by each leader

The team disagreeing with the moot

An explanation of a word or phrase

Members of the opposing team

Summing up of the main points as part of the conclusion to a speech

The team agreeing with the moot

Arguments backed up with evidence against the opposition’s case

The proposition or idea which is being debated

 

Speaking Order

 

Affirmative

 

1st Affirmative

  • Speaks first and also gets to speak again for the leader’s reply

-introduction

-definition

-team plan and tasks

-own segment of team argument

-summary of own segment

-peroration

 

2nd Affirmative

  • Speaks third

-         introduction

-         rebuttal

-         own segment of argument

-         segment summary

-         peroration

-         responsible for major part of the team case

 

3rd Affirmative

  • Speaks fifth

-         introduction

-         rebuttal

-         own segment of team argument

-         peroration

 

 

1st Negative Leader’s Reply

  • Speaks seventh

-         Rebuttal

-         Case summary

-         peroration

 

Negative

 

1st  Negative

  • Speaks second, also gets to speak again for the leader’s reply

- introduction

-definition

-team plan and tasks

-own segment of team argument

-summary of own segment

-peroration

 

2nd Negative

  • Speaks fourth

-         introduction

-         rebuttal

-         own segment of argument

-         segment summary

-         peroration

-         responsible for major part of the team case

 

3rd Negative

  • Speaks sixth

-         introduction

-         rebuttal

-         own segment of team argument

-         peroration

 

 

1st Affirmative Leader’s Reply

  • Speaks eighth

-         rebuttal

-         case summary

-         peroration

-         strong conclusion

 

The Three-Meeting System

 

Meeting One

    • Brainstorm subject
    • Check key words in dictionary
    • Interpret the moot – consider both sides
    • Recognise areas of “ignorance”
    • Divide tasks among team for research

 

Meeting Two

        Report back

        General discussion

        Formalise definition

        Plan attack/theme

        Divide subject sections

        Brainstorm opposing arguments

 

Meeting Three

        Each debater presents case

        Discuss rebuttal

        Check teamwork

 

Polish up those arguments for the big event!

 


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