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What is Debate?

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Shalaki Singletary

on 4 February 2014

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By: Shalaki Singletary & James Galberth
What is Debate?
What is debate?
Debate is more than just arguing and looking like you're ready to win.
Debate requires:
critical thinking skills
communication skills
volume (adequate)
tone (variety)
establishing eye contact
speak clearly
What skills are needed in debate?
According to the English dictionary , debate is a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
This image represents the stern approach you need when you are in debate, you don't want to look weak, you need to approach your opponent with confidence.
"GET UP, STAND UP, SPEAK UP!" When you approach your opponent, look at them directly, stand up tall, and speak clearly. Let them know you aren't afraid.
Who needs these skills?
Homecoming/Prom King & Queen
What does debate mean to you?
Before I was actually in a debate class, I thought debate was all about arguing your point or arguing for what you believed in. Now that I'm actually learning more about the history and the purpose of debate, I've developed a new opinion towards it. In my own words, debate is the research, evidence, and argument all together behind the point you are trying to prove whether you believe in what you're arguing or not. Debate is much more than just arguing, without research, in most cases, there is no debate.
The History of Debate
the first debate took place in 1858 (the lincoln-douglas) debate.
the first televised debate took place in Chicago in 1960.
What situations might these skills be useful in?
Debate skills could come in handy at:
an actual debate competition
school (let's say your teacher says something you disagree with, you can use debate skills to get your point across)
work (lawyers debate as a living, but other people debate regularly with their manager or team leader when they feel things should be done differently)
home (when your parents say something you disagree with, even though you'll probably get in trouble, you could use debate skills to get them to understand where you're coming from)
The Impact of Debate

Debate effects everyone differently and has a different meaning to them.
Write 2-3 sentences about why you're in debate OR how your insight on debate has changed since you've been in this class.
Let's Write
How can there be "Types of Debate", isn't it all the same?
Yes, there is more than one type of debate and no, they aren't all the same.
Some of the different types of debate are:
problem debate
mechanical debate
team policy debate
cross examination debate
spontaneous argumentation
one rebuttal
and parliamentary debate
Why am I in debate class?
I am in debate for two reasons, the first reason being because I would like to be a lawyer and of course I'm going to need debate skills. The second reason I am in debate is because I thought it would be an interesting class, as well as a good way to strengthen my debate skills while learning about the history of debate itself.
I am in debate to be come better at YLA and mock trail
so I can get in to a good college.
What's the difference between rebuttal & one rebuttal?
Rebuttal is a kind of debate where each team from the affirmative and the negative side has about two or three members. When the debate starts, the affirmative speaker opens the constructive speech and the negative speaker starts the rebuttal. Every speaker is allowed to deliver a rebuttal speech. The debate is closed with the affirmative side delivering the last rebuttal.
One-Rebuttal type is considered to be a modified form of the Lincoln-Douglas debate, but in this type of debate, there are about two to three members in both the affirmative and the negative side. In this debate, all the speakers have a chance to refute the argument of the opponent with the exception of the 1st affirmative speaker who is given the opportunity to close the debate in his or her rebuttal speech.
This image is showing the parent-child debate
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Abraham Lincoln was unknown at the beginning of the debates in 1858 when they ran for a Senate seat from Illinois. Unlike Stephen Douglas' Popular Sovereignty stance, Lincoln had stated that the US couldn't survive with half-slave and half-free states. The Lincoln-Douglas debates drew the attention of the entire nation. That's how this type of debate came about.
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