Brain to Brain –
How will you summarize your position and be convincing?
Evidence Gathering –
Good debaters back their assertions with
evidence. Prepare for your debate by making
sure that you have solid evidence or sound reasoning to back
up ever point you make.
Know Your Opponent –
Good debaters also anticipate the points that their opponents
will make and prepare themselves to be able to rebut them.
Transition Words for Debates –
As you practice for your debate, get comfortable using solid transition words that will help your
audience follow your argument.
The Main Points –
Now write out the main points you will make as you state your position.
Pick a Topic! –
Hot topics for you to choose from that are commonly argued.
Get After It! –
Print the topics on card stock and cut into
Student pairs should take opposite
sides of the question whether or not the topic should be
Don't Panic! PREPARE! –
Prepare for your debate by answering the following
questions for both your and your opponent’s positions.
The Short Preparation –
You will have one hour to prepare your speeches. Follow these steps and
adhere to the time limits.
Flaws and Doubts –
Are your reasons and evidence reliable? How do you know? Are each of your points justified? Why or why not?
Research Skills –
Research the issues surrounding the topic broadly enough to identify the
Each speaker has a certain amount of time for which they will be
allowed to speak.