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Participants have the opportunity to question the positions of others by asking questions, refuting points or arguments or by adding additional support or detail to a position.This continues until no one wishes to speak or time runs out.
If time runs out before all students have had an opportunity to contribute to the open debate, they may submit written rebuttals or additional support for their position
class begins the following day
. Points off-topic or redundant will not be counted.
OpeningSpeech(20 marks)Excellent5Proficient4Adequate3Fair2Weak 1IntroductionandConclusion(5 marks)
Provocative and/or engagingintroductionConclusion has animpactInterestingintroduction and asound conclusionIntroduces topicat the beginningand ends with asummarystatementMay have anintroduction but it isunclear Conclusion isabsentHard to discernif there is anintroduction or conclusion
of position withspecific factsand examples(use of Rule of Three)
Details areinteresting, accurate,and complete. Allarguments arefocused and showdeep understandingof the complexity of the issue.Specific quotes andsupporting evidenceare used throughoutthe speech. A widevariety of sourcesdemonstrateextensive researchDetails are accurateand generallycomplete.Arguments arespecific andconvincing.Specific quotes andsupportingevidence are present but notconsistently used.Sources useddemonstrateresearch.Details aregenerallyaccurate andfairly complete.Arguments aregeneral andshow basicunderstanding of issue.Supportingdetails aregeneral. (withoutsources)Few
detailsArguments areweak andshow surfaceunderstandingSomeevidence of research but itdemonstrates avery limitedunderstandingof the issueDetails arevague or absentLittle evidenceof research or understandingof the issuedemonstrated
rehearsalvoice- pacing- volume- clarityexpressioneye contact
Delivery is smoothand confident/emotionalRehearsal is evidentEffective pacing,volume, expressionand eye contactDelivery isgenerally smoothSome evidence of rehearsalSome attention to pacing, volume,expression and eyecontactDelivery falterson occasionSome evidenceof rehearsalAdequatevolume and eyecontactDelivery ishalting andunevenLittle evidenceof rehearsalInadequate preparationDeliveryimpedescommunication No evidence of rehearsal Not prepared
Open Debate (10 Marks)
Students are awarded two marks for each successful challenge, rebuttal or evidence in support of or against a position. No marks are awarded for points that are redundant or off topic.
Marks are deducted for breaking the rules of discussion.