EVERYTHING BELOW IS FROM PAST YEARS. CHECK IT OUT TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE IN FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR. FORMAL DEBATES BEGIN IN MARCH/APRIL.
IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE TEAMS, CLICK ON THE TAB ON THE RIGHT........GO ON.....LOOK TO THE RIGHT.....YOU'LL SEE IT......EVENTUALLY.
1. Each team will have 1 minute to state their opinion and reasons for their opinion. All arguments during this period should be general and examples should not be used. During this first session, teams may read a prepared statement if they wish., but they are encouraged to ask hypothetical questions to the class. (I will explain this later)
2. The second session will include examples, statistics and any other information that teams feel is necessary. Even visual or audio material may be used, but each group will receive only 2 ½- 4 minutes (This time limit is NOT flexible; teams will be cut off at 4:01, and they will lose marks for anything less than 2:30). Teams MUST present the following:
At least 3 results of major studies that support their opinion. For example: “In an Indiana study of 50 private and public schools, stats show that students in schools with uniforms scored 25% higher than those in non-uniform schools”. DO NOT use sites like “yahoo answers” or ask.com, because they just give you random survey numbers. This is not scientific research!
3. In this session, teams may respond to each other’s points. Teams will alternate their comments. The total time of this session is 8-10 minutes.. Teams are encouraged to TRAP each other with questions that the other team cannot answer effectively.
4. Total session time is 15-20 minutes.
1. Both team members must speak fairly equally in the first two sections. If one member speaks much more than the other, the team will lose points. In the third section, it is acceptable for one member to speak much more than the other, but both team members should be prepared to argue their viewpoint. It is NOT ACCEPTABLE for one partner to do everything and just give the other partner something to read during the debate!!!
2. During the final session, a team may not interrupt the other team when they are speaking.
3. Humour should only be used with great care. Inappropriate jokes will count against a team. Teams may address the audience and judges, but they may only make statements or ask questions which require hands to be raised. THE AUDIENCE/JUDGES MAY NOT SPEAK DURING THE DEBATE!!!
4. The order of debating will be chosen by flipping a coin. The winning team may choose to speak first or second.
5. Teams that appear to have done no research and only use their personal opinions will lose several points and, quite likely, the debate. Keep in mind that “winning” or “losing” isn’t really a part of the debate. You could easily feel that you didn’t “win” the argument, but still get 100% for your grade if you were PREPARED, ORGANIZED, ABLE TO GET YOUR POINTS OUT, AND ABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM YOUR OPPONENTS. (the “winners” and “losers” are chosen by the judging panel, who are fellow classmates, and this is only done for fun and to teach students how to adjudicate debates. It has NO BEARING on your grade whatsoever.
Peer Judging Rules
1. Eight judges have been chosen for each debate. If one jury member is ill or not present, a substitute will be chosen.
2. Peer judges are to score the debate using cards provided for them. Details on scoring a debate will be explained later.
3. Mr. Dotto is the debate referee. He can help teams to clarify their positions, but he does not give his own opinions at all. He also keeps time and informs teams if they lose points for inappropriate behaviour.
4. Peer judges are NOT to score the debate based on: A) Their personal beliefs on the topic. B) Their friendship with one or more of the debaters. If judges appear to be biased (unfair), they will be removed from further judging and their overall debate mark may drop as well.
Your team should have the following:
At least three separate sources for your information. Google is generally the best place to start. Find as many sources as you can, but be very careful of using “opinion” sites such as ask.com or yahoo answers. You are looking for statistics and case studies. these will be explained in class.
2. You should have a prepared script or at least detailed notes for your debate. You may read the
first section (although speaking clearly without reading is always better) The first section is
only 1 minute. Your only responsibility in this section is to list your GENERAL REASONS for
your opinion. DO NOT USE ANY STORIES, STATISTICS, OR OTHER DATA. That stuff is
for later! You could also ask the audience questions during this time, but they can only raise
their hands in response. they can’t speak during the debate.
3. The SECOND section is where all of your RESEARCH will be used. Find statistics, examples,
case studies, and any other data to make your argument as strong as you can. This section is
very important in your overall grade because it is what makes this debate a high
school/university level activity.
4. The final section is also tres importante! (How do you like my French?). A big hint here is to use REVERSE RESEARCH! This means that you should research the OPPOSITE opinion. Why? This way, you can predict how the other group may try to trap you. This third section is for TRAPPING. For example….
Let’s say you didn’t believe that war was ever necessary in our world. The other group may ask you…
“What if another country invaded Canada? Should we just let them have our country?”
B. “What if you knew that children were being killed in a civil war in another country? Would you invade the country to help them?”
If you had done some REVERSE RESEARCH, you may have been prepared for these questions!
The “winners and losers” of each debate have NO BEARING on your grade in this unit. Instead, I will focus on:
1. The extent of your research. (statistics, stories, examples, etc)
2. Your energy and effort in the debate (participation).
3. Your clarity of speech while debating.
4. Your ability to make logical and meaningful points to support your opinion.