Eric told me that he learned drag racing was agains the law last time... I hope you all learned that!
Complete the worksheet that you can get from one of the teachers. Turn it in when finished. Be sure you answer the reasons for your cases in COMPLETE SENTENCES. Do your own work. You may discuss, but not copy!
Tomorrow is election day. Some of you may be able to vote. Does everyone know who and what they would vote for?
Debates are great fun, if everyone does their part. Otherwise it can create unnecessary stress for your teammate. Your debates are scheduled for November 21. Read through the information below CAREFULLY to help you properly prepare for your debate. Put information on note cards, be sure you know your sources. Discuss with your partner what you think the other side is going to say.
Your team should have a good start on building your case and finishing your brief.
As you finish your brief, you need to think about your introduction. Your introduction will tell everything necessary for a clear understanding of the case. To give you an idea, your introduction could include some of the following.
1. Statement of the proposition
2. Introduction of the team and/or the division of the basic arguments among the speakers
3. History of the question
4. Immediate cause for the debate
5. Definition of terms
6. Excluded or admitted matter
7. Statement of the issues
The purpose of the introduction is to inform, NOT to argue.
Then, plan your discussion. During the discussion you will present your evidence and reasoning for each possible issue. Seek to answer: What is true? Why is it true?
Next, your conclusion. The conclusion reviews the brief's main points and presents a "package" summary of the reasons presented.
The Affirmative Team: Your primary duty is to gain audience acceptance of the specific proposal as stated in the debate proposition. Since the affirmative is proposing a change, it assumes the burden of proof. This team must:
1. Attack the status quo by pointing out its basic disadvantages and by proving these disadvantages are built inot the present system and cannot, therefore, be eliminated without changing the present system.
2. It must develop the essential elements its solution in enough detail to make debate meaningful.
3. Prove that the proposed change will meet the need with no serious disadvantages.
4. Prove the proposed change is practical and will work.
5. Be ready to disprove any counter proposals.
The Negative Team: Your primary duty is to convince the audience to reject the specific solution of the affirmative. The negative always has the advantage that the existing situation is presumed to be satisfactory until the affirmative can prove all of its reasons for supporting change. In court, you are innocent until proven guilty. This same presumption favors the negative on the debate platform.
Options in maintaining defense:
1. Status quo. It may deny completely the need of any change by defending the present sysem, or status quo, as being entirely satisfactory.
2. Modified status quo or Repairs. It may recongnize some degree of imperfection but argue that it can be corrected without changing the entire system.
3. Counterplan. May admit the need for change but not the change proposed by the affirmative. If you advance a proposal, you would also assume the same burden of proof as the affirmative.
4. Direct Refutation-Deny everything. It may confine its attack to pointing out stronger reasons for the rejection of the affirmative proposals.