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Debate: Opening Statement

An important aspect of a debate is the opening statement.

Lillian Pinheiro

on 12 February 2013

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Transcript of Debate: Opening Statement

Your Turn For your debate, you will need to have a 1-3
minute opening statement. It should include each side's opinion with a brief overview of the supporting evidence.

The debate will begin with an opening statement from the pro side, followed by an opening statement from the con side.

Together with your group, start working on your opening statement. Keep in mind:
emotional and logical appeal. What is an "Opening Statement?" Opening Statement *An opening statement is usually a summary of the argument
*Capture your audience - make it interesting
*Use evidence; state the facts
*Appeal to emotions and logic
*Ask yourself:
What is the speaker talking about?
Why is he/she talking about this? Oklahoma Bombing Terrorist attack on federal building in Oklahoma City
Terrorists: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols
168 deaths (including 19 children under the age of 6)
680 people injured
324 buildings destroyed or damaged
$652 million worth of damage Opening Statement "April 19th, 1995, was a beautiful day in Oklahoma City - at least it started out as a beautiful day. The sun was shining. Flowers were blooming. It was springtime in Oklahoma City. Sometime after six o'clock that morning, Tevin Garrett's mother woke him up to get him ready for the day. He was only 16 months old. He was a toddler; and as some of you know that have experience with toddlers, he had a keen eye for mischief. He would often pull on the cord of her curling iron in the morning, pull it off the counter top until it fell down, often till it fell down on him. That morning, she picked him up and wrestled with him on her bed before she got him dressed. She remembers this morning because that was the last morning of his life." Trial and Sentencing FBI Investigation of McVeigh and Nichols
Judge Richard Paul Matsch (moderator)
Prosecutor: Joseph Hartzler (con)
Defense: Stephen Jones (pro)
Verdict: McVeigh was sentenced to death and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison Taking a Closer Look Emotional Appeal:
relating to emotions;
arousing or exhibiting strong emotion April 19, 1995 Joseph Hartzler Logical Appeal:
according to reason; according to conclusions drawn from evidence or good common sense Forms of Persuasion:
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