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Transcript of Debate
2. Make Points Clearly: Don't be vague or use too much vernacular
3. Leave Your Ego at Home: Forget your emotions and be rational. Attack the opponent's argument, not the opponent.
4. Do Your Homework: The more you know, the better you will be. Research not only your side, but also your opponent's side Three Types of Debate Cross Examination: A debate where both sides give speeches and also question (cross-examine) the other side Public Forum: This style of debate is more fast-paced, and it's about having quick, intelligent responses Lincoln-Douglas: This style of debate also includes cross-examination, but in general it focuses more on ethics and philosophy Resolution/Resolve: The idea being debated Constructive Speech: Speech given by both sides stating their position and arguments Contention: Major argument in debate Topical: Within the boundaries of the resolution Spread: When a debater makes so many arguments the other debater cannot refute all of them Rebuttal Speech: Speech answering the arguments made by other team Plan: Strategy proposed by the affirmative Impact: The problem plans solve Counterplan: Plan offered by the negative Basically, you write down everything that is said by the other team in one section, and everything said by yours in another section. You make connections between arguments the other team made and arguments your team made, and keep track of what arguments haven't been refuted yet. Always includes a summary tagline and a citation Good cards should have: An explanation why the argument is true
The author's qualifications
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Specificity (Topicality) Several arguments Rhetoric Clarity Don't Get Nervous!! This is probably the most important thing anyone can tell you about debate. If you know your stuff and you've researched and practiced, then you have no reason to be nervous. Thanks For Your Time If you have any questions, feel free to ask Argues for an idea Argues against an idea Surprise! Impromptu Speeches