Debating Sample

Topics: Argumentation theory, Debate, Argumentative Pages: 3 (789 words) Published: February 12, 2013

Names of students working on this task: Jennifer Nguyen, Andy Nguyen 7E

What is a debate?
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1. Look up the word 'Debate' in your dictionary; write down the definition below in a different colour and font: A discussion; a formal argument; controversy; an organised contest in which point of views are argued.

1. Now write the definition in your own words below in a different colour and font: A debate is like a competition in which they presents arguments and adds rebuttals to the topic.

2. Watch the video in the folder titled ‘Aspira State High School Sample Debate’ and then answer the following questions.

3. What you just watched was a debate. From what you have seen, explain what a debate is. From what we seen, a debate involves people from both sides of the topic, for and against.

4. From what we watched, what do you think are the rules of debating? We think that the rules of debating are: To state the topic, represent arguments from both sides as ‘For’ or ‘Against’ and present their argument so that it convinces the targeted audience.

5. Evaluating the debaters

| Speaker A| Speaker B| Speaker C| Speaker D|
| Yes| No| Yes| No| Yes| No| Yes| No|
Did the speaker have an introduction?| X| | X| | X| | | X| Did the speaker speak clearly?| | X| X| | | X| | X| Did the speaker look at the audience?| X| | X| | X| | X| | Did the speaker present their argument in a convincing manner?| | X| X| | X| | X| | Did the speaker destroy the opposition’s argument? | | X| | X| X| | X| | Did the speaker have a conclusion? | | X| | X| X| | | X| 6. Who was the best debater and why?

The best debater was Speaker C as she spoke clearly most of the time and she looked at the audience. She presented her arguments and may have...
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