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PRO ARGUMENTS

Essential Statement: Family loyalty and values should come before governmental law.
(you are arguing IN FAVOR of this statement)

1. Argument #1 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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2. Argument #2 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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3. Argument #3 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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(flip over)
4. Argument #4 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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5. Argument #5 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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ANTICIPATED RESPONSES:
What do you predict the other perspective will argue? How might you respond (e.g., rebuttal, concession,
suggestion for middle ground)? Reflect as a group and write your most persuasive ideas for response
below.

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CON ARGUMENTS
Essential Statement: Family loyalty and values should come before governmental law.
(you are arguing AGAINST this statement)

1. Argument #1 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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2. Argument #2 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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3. Argument #3 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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(flip over)

4. Argument #4 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
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Links to texts/media/classwork:


5. Argument #5 = ______________________________________
How do you know?
_____________________
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Links to texts/media/classwork:


ANTICIPATED RESPONSES:
What do you predict the other perspective will argue? How might you respond (e.g., rebuttal, concession,
suggestion for middle ground)? Reflect as a group and write your most persuasive ideas for response
below.

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MEDIATOR REQUIREMENTS
Essential Statement: Family loyalty and values should come before governmental law.

Part One: As a team, come up with 5-7 questions that will keep the debate going on the
above statement. Make sure questions dont favor one side; craft open-ended questions.
You may also personalize the question for each specific side.

Example #1: If humans create governmental law, and humans are part of families, dont family
values influence the creation of governmental law? Agree or disagree.
Example #2: Would your argument change in the word should was removed from the essential
statement? Why or why not? Explain.

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Part Two: Prepare to take notes as your debaters argue. Star arguments that use solid
evidence to support the opinion. These notes will help you make a fair judgment as to
which debater wins in the end.

PRO DEBATER (Family Values) CON DEBATER (Governmental Law)