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Welcome to the Third Quarter:
yes we are a few weeks into the quarter, so we will be extending our debates into 4th as well.
For today i would like you to visit the topic information link below and begin to explore the possible debate topics. we will be choosing your topics on tuesday.

Debate Scheduals
Week 1:


Day 2: Friday February 24th
Day 3 friday march 2nd


Day 4 friday march 9th


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Structure : Pro, Con, Pro, Con, Pro, ( 2, 2, 1, 2, 1) Minutes

        Remember arguments in favor will always go first.

1)     Debates will open with key arguments for both sides. You will have 2- 3 Minutes to present these arguments.

a.      Your arguments should support your side

b.     Be backed up with facts,

c.     Have credible sources for each of your facts

2)     Opposition’s side

a.      Be sure to listen to your opposition, listening for weak points or rebuttal chances. Talking notes is fine, be aware of what they say.

3)     Rebuttal and Questions

a.      You will have 1 minute to address a point made against you, and pose a question to your opposition.

b.     If you choose to rebuttal a fact, make it quick and try to relate it to your question.  

c.     This question should be one not already addressed, or one that needs more clarifying.  

4)     Answering Questions:

a.      You may not have a clear answer for a question. try your best. And stay on topic. This is your final remark so make it good


        This is the most important part of your debate. Your research will determine the success of your debate. A good debater knows their material and the topic they are debating. It is not enough to know the arguments you want to make, but you should know the weakness of your arguments as well as the arguments and weaknesses of your opponents. Be sure that your sources are credible. Meaning they have some factual basis. Wikipedia is not a credible source. Not all sources are unbiased, (meaning they do not take a side but provide information), but that does not mean their information is not good. Be sure to mention your sources within your debate. Quantitative information is always useful when trying to make a point. It’s easy to argue opinions, but hard to argue numbers. Remember that laws are based on precedents, so the past is a good place to look for reasons to support your cause.


Arrange Your Thoughts:

-          be sure you have your notes ready before the debate with talking points all laid out

-          Be sure you have conferred with your teammate to make sure you have not repeated the same information.

-          Be sure to prepare a few questions in advance that you may choose from depending on your opponent’s information.

Use these Links to help with your research

Griswold High School
Government, American Studies, World Cultures, PE.

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