A good example of "The Spread"
The speed debating style of policy debaters
Good examples of Lincoln-Douglas style debate
This style is more conversational
Hornet Debate League
Introduction: Debate has a positive role in the decision-making in many aspects of our lives. Debate involves the clash or competition of ideas and evidence. It is through such clashes that ideas are thoroughly explored and improved in our society. Debate takes many forms: It may be at a community or business meeting, on the editorial pages of the newspaper, in a court of law, on the floor of Congress, or on the school bus or school hallway. Structures of these debates vary. The different structures only produce different kinds of debates, but the basic tenet is the same: solid argumentation.
Debate also requires public speaking, research and writing skills.
We will conduct a modified high school debate in class to demonstrate our strong research, speaking, writing and argumentation skills.
Activities: 1) Blog: Post on your blog -- list as many types of debates (clashes of ideas) as you can. For each, answer these questions: Where do these debates occur? What purpose does debate serve in each case? Does it help arrive at a better decision? Is the debate structured or unstructured? How does this effect the decision making process? (SEE EXAMPLE)
2) Group debate: In this assignment, studetns will be working in small groups. There will be six small groups in the classroom (approximately 4-5 students per group). Each group will debate another group in the Hornet Debate League format (see worksheet).
Teams must be prepared to debate either side of the resolution. The day we debate, we will flip a coin at the beginning of the class to determine which team is the affirmative and which is the negative.
Here are some possible resolutions for us to debate: