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Learning About Debate

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Brianna Hodgkins

on 22 November 2013

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Learning About Debate
1. The Values of Debate
2. The Debate Process
There are 2 sides during debating. One side if the affirmative, and the other is the negative. The affirmative is someone who speaks in favor of an issue while the negative is someone who speaks against the issue. If you are on the affirmative side, you would argue for a change in the current issue. They would try to point out the problems of the situation. If you are on the negative side of the problem, you would defend the current issue. They would argue that there is nothing wrong with the situation and state the facts about why there is nothing wrong.
3. Creating the Proposition
4. Researching the Topic
In order to be a good debater, you need to have strong research skills. Researching your topic takes effort and time but it helps you develop your speech. Your arguments are based on the evidence you find. You need to include examples, experts, statistics, logic, and analogies.
5. Arguing the Issues
Each side must build a case. A case consists of all of the arguments that will be made to support the affirmative or negative position. The cases are built to answer questions about the topic. Debaters often organize their cases into outlines known as briefs. The briefs contain evidence and arguments. Both the affirmative and negative teams need to rebuild their own cases. It involves refutation and rebuttal.
Welcome to Sesame Street! In order to have a good future, you need to have the ability to do effective research, to organize well, to listen critically, and to speak with confidence in front of your audience. The skills of research will help you find information and evidence about your topic. Using your organization skills you learn from debate can help you plan speeches or write papers. You will learn your critical listening skills and speaking skills as a debater. The more you debate, the more confident your speaking will be.
Every proposition begins with the word resolved. It should be worded so that there are 2 clear sides to the debate. There are 3 types of proposition, the fist type is Proposition of Fact which is a statement that something is or is not true. The second type is Proposition of Value this means its a statement that something is good or bad, right or wrong. The last type is Proposition of Policy, it is a statement that says something should or should not be done.
by Brianna Hodgkins, Leslie Munoz, and Paige Egan
6. Debate Formats
There are 2 major debate formats such as the Lincoln-Douglas Debate and the Policy Debate. The policy debate format is where two teams debate a proposition of policy. Each team member speaks 2 or 3 times. The first speeches are designed to build the case; the second speeches involve refutation and rebuttal.
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