Whether we want to accept it or not, at some point in your life, someone will disagree with you. It might be concerning your political beliefs or it might be because they don’t like Justin Bieber as much as you do. Regardless the topic, you will find yourself at a time where you will want to argue your point. You will enter a debate.
Those debates are informal. Generally, they don’t have structure or organization, however, the arguments are often structured the same way. You need a statement and proof. Your opponent will respond with opposing proof or they’ll attack your argument. Some of it will be prepared in advance, most of it will be off the top of your head. Either way, you’ll need to debate logically.
Enter in a formal debate. Here you will have the opportunity to practice in a formal, organized structure how to present, rebut and persuade.
Here is a Powerpoint presentation that will give you some background.
Essentially, there are three things you have to concern yourself with:
- Matter — What you are going to use to “win” the debate? Evidence, proof, argument, etc.
- Manner — How are you going to speak?
- Method — How are you going to organize and use effective rhetoric to beat your opponent.
The following statements are being debated:
This house would ban music containing lyrics that glorify violence and criminal activities.
Debaters: Affirmative (Jordan) vs. Negative (Julissa/Stephen)
This house would use torture to obtain information from suspected terrorists.
Debaters: Affirmative (Daniel/Inku) vs. Negative (David/Montana)
This house would legalize the sale of human organs.
Debaters: Affirmative (Mehsheed/Dylan) vs. Negative (Megan/Shay)
This house believes the internet brings more harm than good.
Debaters: Affirmative (Albar/Rebeca) vs. Negative (KC/Jacob)
This house believes that the school system destroys creativity.
Debaters: Affirmative (Hailey/Jake) vs. Negative (Natalie/Blake)
This house believes performance enhancing drugs should be legalized in professional sports.
Debaters: Affirmative (Brianna/Gemma) vs. Negative (Chalotorn/Kat)
This house believes that Canada should not accept more refugees.
Debaters: Affirmative (Skyla/Taylor) vs. Negative (Erika/Shylynn)
This house believes that murder should not be legal.
Debaters: Affirmative (Forest/Alex) vs. Negative (Mr. Kemp)