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Five Steps in a Debate


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The five steps are as follows:

  1. Introduction. Express your message and why it's important to your audience, as well as yourself.
  2. Statement of fact. Break down the general thesis of your argument into smaller parts. ...
  3. Confirmation, or proof. ...
  4. Refutation. ...
  5. Conclusion.

How To Win a Debate

Tips For Winning Debates and Arguments

  1. Decide On a Position You Feel Capable Of Defending. ...
  2. Become Well-Informed About Both Your and Your Opponent's Positions. ...
  3. State a Thesis At the Beginning. ...
  4. Listen Carefully To Your Opponent's Response. ...
  5. Do Not Forego the Objections That Your Opponent Raises.

General Debate Topics

Debate Topics for Grades 6 Through 9

  • All students should have daily chores.
  • Every home should have a pet.
  • Every student should play a musical instrument.
  • Homework should be banned.
  • School uniforms should be required.
  • Year-round education is better for students.
  • Children should not be allowed to drink soda.

Technology Topics

Technology Topics

  1. Will technology make people smarter?
  2. Is artificial intelligence dangerous?
  3. Will robots increase people’s quality of life?
  4. How do technological advances influence us?
  5. Will humans colonize another planet soon?
  6. Can all cars become electric?
  7. Does technology intensify human communication?
  8. Recent developments in technology transform people’s interests: yes or no?
  9. Can people save nature using technology (or destroy it)?
  10. Do laws effectively keep up with changes in technology?

How To Debate in Middle School


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How to Conduct a Class Debate

  1. Introduce the topic. All debates start with a topic, or resolution. ...
  2. Assign the Affirmative and the Negative. There are two sides to any debate. ...
  3. Give Time to Research the issue. ...
  4. Keep Track of Time. ...
  5. Make a Judgment.

Basic Rules of Debate

  • The team supporting the motion must not shift its point of view. ...
  • If a speaker makes a statement, they must be able to provide evidence or reasons to support the statement.
  • Facts presented in a debate must be accurate.
  • Speakers may not bring up new points in a rebuttal speech.

Who Speaks First in a Debate

The affirmative

The affirmative gives the first constructive speech, and the rebuttals alternate: negative, affirmative, negative, affirmative. The affirmative has both the first and last speeches of the debate

What to Say in the Opening of a Debate

In the opening statement, you must clearly present your team's case, explain why your argument is strong, and state what criteria your team will use to support it. At the end, you must wrap up your team's case and re-state why it is the better argumen

Historical Debate Topics

Debating Historical Matters

  1. History is an important subject that all students should learn: yes or no?.
  2. Is King Arthur a real historical figure or myth?
  3. Knowledge of history enriches one’s worldview: yes or no?
  4. What role did Britain play during the First World War?
  5. How have different historians interpreted World War Two?
  6. Was there any justification for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US?
  7. How shoudl we interpret the Revolutionary War?
  8. Ancient Roman culture versus contemporary culture.
  9. History & its impact on the future.
  10. Modern interracial conflicts evaluated from a historical perspective.

How Does a Middle School Debate Work

The format is a two on two competition, with two debaters representing the Pro and two debaters representing the Con. Each person in the debate delivers one four minute Constructive or Rebuttal speech and then a two minute Summary or Final Focus speech.

Structure for the Debate

A formal debate usually involves three groups: one supporting a resolution (affirmative team), one opposing the resolution (opposing team), and those who are judging the quality of the evidence and arguments and the performance in the debate.

Debate Topics Related to Leisure

Debate Topics Related to Leisure

  1. Is a summer vacation better than a winter vacation?
  2. Encouraging teenagers to read books: are the outcomes encouraging?
  3. Has technology changed the way young people spend their leisure time?
  4. Has social media taken over our leisure time?
  5. Can daily leisure time be a substitute for a yearly vacation?
  6. Is leisure time essential for workplace effectiveness?
  7. Playing video games during leisure time: pros and cons.
  8. Has work-life balance changed with the advent of technology?
  9. Has globalization and our increased mobility changed the way we view vacations?

Environmental Issues

Environmental Issues

  1. Is climate change already irreversible?
  2. Banning plastic bags and packaging: yes or no?
  3. Are genetically modified foods a viable solution?
  4. Banning zoos: yes or no?
  5. How does tourism affect the environment?
  6. Should there be more national parks in the United States?
  7. Is banning fracking a good idea?
  8. All people should become vegetarian.
  9. What is organic farming’s role in agriculture’s future?
  10. Are live animal exports ethically acceptable?
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