Critical Thinking Debate Terms
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An argument or discussion about a subject in a formal, organized manner.
The ___________ side of a debate gives the positive elements of a subject or topic. The ___________ side speaks first in the debate process.
The ________ side of a debate gives the undesirable elements of a subject or topic. The ________ side speaks last in the debate process.
A debate is held between two teams of two or three people. Each member of a team is assigned positions of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd speakers.
The role of the chairperson is to moderate the debate process. This individual usually sits between the two teams.
These individuals ensure the debate process is educational for all involved- they listen to the debate, rank the process, and decide the winner of the debate.
This individual keeps the time in the debate. To ensure fairness in a debate, each speaker is given the same amount of allotted time. The timekeeper will give a warning when 30-60 seconds is remaining (via a bell, knock, etc.)
The audience should applaud as each speaker is announced, as each speaker finishes speaking and when the result of the debate is announced. The audience may participate as any polite audience would, applauding, laughing and so on as long as it is appropriate.
These are the types of things that you would complete once your topic has been given and the side the you are arguing for has been finalized. It is essentially brainstorming.
A set of reasons, supporting facts, to arguments that are presented during the debate process.
The different types of information that have been used to support a side of the argument.
This is an opportunity for the opposite side to ask questions after what has just been presented. They can ask about anything, but it should be relevant to what has just been presented.
Occurs when the opposing side contradicts what has been said by offering a contrary statement or argument.
While a speaker is speaking she to he has the floor and should not be interrupted. This includes comments interjected by the audience to other speakers as well as disruptive behavior from the other team to the audience.