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What Is a Debate?

By Grace Fleming http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/a/debate.htm Debating competitions used to be populated by nerds in whitestarched shirts and ties. Those days are over! In schools across the world, and especially in urban schools, debate teams are becoming quite popular again. What Is a Debate? Basically, a debate is an argument with rules. Debating rules will vary from one competition to another, and there are several formats for debates. Debates can involve singlemember teams or teams that include several students. Typically in a debate two teams are presented a resolution or topic that they will debate, and each team is given a set period of time to prepare an argument. Students typically don't know their debate subjects ahead of time. The goal is to come up with a good argument in a short amount of time. Students are encouraged to read about current events and controversial issues to prepare for debates. Sometimes school teams will encourage individual team members to choose special topics and focus on them. This can give a team special strengths in certain topics. At a debate, one team will argue in favor (pro) and the other will argue in opposition (con). Sometimes each team member speaks, and sometimes the team selects one member to speak for the entire team.

Students can start a debate team in their own schools. Urban debate teams are making a strong comeback. teams may have only 3 minutes to come up with their rebuttal. Students hear the topic and take positions (pro and con) 2. Research has shown that participation in debates increases students' academic performance and increases their chances of earning a college degree. Teams discuss their topics and come up with statements 3. Many colleges offer summer programs that teach debating skills. regional. Closing statements made Each of these sessions is timed. A typical debate includes: 1. Students discuss the opposition's argument and come up with rebuttals 5. A school team will prepare to compete in local. If you are interested. Students benefit from preparing for debates by honing their research skills. and national tournaments.A judge or a panel of judges will assign points based on the strength of the arguments and the professionalism of the teams. students learn the art of persuasion. For instance. Students also benefit from the experience of speaking in public. Teams deliver their statements and offer main points 4. you should do some research to find out how to start a club . Rebuttals delivered 6. Debate Facts • • • • • • • • By participating on a debate team. One team is usually declared the winner and that team will advance to a new round.

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