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Horseshoe Debate Materials

Horseshoe Debate Materials

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Teaching Materials used for Horsedebates at the Calgary Science School. The format and rubric were designed by the Galileo Educational Network.
Teaching Materials used for Horsedebates at the Calgary Science School. The format and rubric were designed by the Galileo Educational Network.

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Published by: neilstephenson on Mar 03, 2010
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© 2001 Galileo Educational Network 
Horseshoe Debate
Open Debate
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)
(10 marks)
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
(5 marks)
 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.
Developing Paragraphs – “The Rule of Three”
1. State your opinion
Restate the question or problem
Make sure your opinion is clear
. Explain your opinion
Develop your arguments
Give reasons for your opinion
Define ideas or terms
Support with examples
Use specific information to support your opinions
Use quotes, statistics, facts, specific examples
Include sources – “The website ________ stated that….
Or “In her article _________, the writer ____________, wrote…………”(1) The first value of a good pet is companionship. (2)Companionship is the abilityfor a pet to be a good friend to you. Your pet should be excited to see youwhen you come home, want to play with you, and be a comfort when youneed them. Using companionship as a criteria for a good pet, it is obviousthat dogs make better pets than cats. (3)According to a the websitewww.about.com, the number one reason why dogs are superior pets isbecause, “Dogs will tilt their heads and try to understand every word you say.Cats will ignore you and take a nap.” In a comparison between cats and dogs,www.odordestroyer.comstated that, “dogs will guard your home, bring youyour slippers and newspaper, and worship you. In contrast, cats don't want togo anywhere with you. But try to keep them at home, and they'll dash throughopen doors and leap over fences.”
 As you can see, dogs are clearly superior companions to cats.

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