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How to run a debate



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greetings in today's class we are going

to be exploring the world of debating

debating is when you argue for or

against a topic you have to prove why

your team is right and the opposition is

wrong a topic might be something simple

like cats are better pets than dogs or

students should get more holidays let's

begin with the setup of a formal debate

two teams of three people sit at the

front of the room on one side is the

affirmative team and on the other side

is the negative team

the first speaker of the affirmative

team is the first person to speak

the timekeeper starts the stopwatch when

the speaker begins

the first speaker defines the keywords

of the topic introduces the teen's

argument and begins the debate

different debates have different time

limits for example if each speaker has

to speak for four minutes

the timekeeper will ring the bell once

at three minutes as a warning and twice

at four minutes to indicate to the

speaker their time is up

the second person to speak is the first

speaker from the negative team like the

affirmative side they define the key

words and introduce their team's

argument this person also robots points

made by the first speaker of the

affirmative team rebuttal is when you

choose a point made by the opposition

and explain why they're wrong and proves

why you're right rebuttals can win or

lose debates however you must never

become personal in rebuttals after the

first speaker of the negative side the

second speaker of the affirmative side

speaks followed by the second speaker of

the negative side both of these speakers

continue their team's arguments and

rebuff the opposition

the third speakers of each team are the

last people to speak first it's the

third speaker of the affirmative team

and then the third speaker of the

negative team both of these speakers

rebut the opposition's debate and

summarizes their own team's arguments

the third speaker of the negative team

is the last person to address the

audience in the debate and have the last

word this can be an advantage in

debating at the end of the debate an

adjudicator or team of adjudicators will

decide which team is the winner they

consider your presentation skills'

the timing of your debate and it's the

team with the most convincing argument

that wins the debate the captain of the

winning side paints the opposition for a

good debate as well as the adjudicator

timekeeper chairperson and audience the

captain of the defeated side also thinks

the same people debating teaches you to

look at both sides of an argument

sometimes you may not agree with the

side of the debate you are arguing and

this can be challenging but it can be a

good experience to look at a topic with

a different point of view it also

teaches you teamwork each member of the

team needs to know what their teammates

are talking about planning and writing

the debates are done together now let's

watch the first speakers of a debate

present their argument the topic is that

computers should replace teachers