Debate Planning and Research Guide

Be it resolved that: (fill this part in with your topic)

Affirmative or Negative:

Order of speaking

Order

Name

First

Second

Third

Affirmative Side

The affirmative side must prove that the proposition is needed, practical and desirable.

 Negative Side

The negative side should attack and attempt to destroy the affirmative’s issues and arguments.  The negative side should present clear reasons for disagreeing with the proposition.


First Affirmative (Your Name Here)

First affirmative’s constructive speech (3 mins)

a)  First Affirmative’s Constructive Speech

        i)  INTRODUCE the proposition.

               ii)   STATE clearly the affirmative side’s position

iii)  Using facts, statistics, comparisons, opinions, examples and testimony to PROVE the proposition is required.

               iv)  SUMMARIZE the affirmative’s position

Write your first affirmative speech here:

Preparing for cross-examination (First Affirmative)

Prepare answers to 10-15 possible cross-examination questions you think the OTHER SIDE will ask you.

Imagine that you are from the other teams and determine what questions may be asked of your team.

Possible Question

Your Response


Second Affirmative (Your Name)

Second Affirmative’s Constructive Speech (2 mins)

Write your second affirmative speech here:

Preparing for cross-examination (Second Affirmative)

Prepare answers to 10-15 possible cross-examination questions to which you will have to respond.  

Imagine that you are from the other teams and determine what questions may be asked of your team.

Possible Question

Your Response


Third Affirmative (rebuttle) (Your Name)

Prepare 10-15 questions that you might want to ask the opposition.    You will have to anticipate (guess) what they their arguments and statements will be.

List your questions here:

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Prepare strong argument/statements (in jot note form) to present in your rebuttal at the end of your debate.  (1 minute).

You should take notes during the entire debate so that you may refer to these in your rebuttal. You will have a five-minute break to prepare your debate.  Your teammates can help you during this time, but cannot say anything during your rebuttal.

List your rebuttal ideas here: