What is Competitive Debate? And How Can it be Used in the Classroom? by Heidi H.
McGough’s article in  The New Republic <ul><li>Competitive Debate has become a low substance, high format competition </li...
<ul><li>Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary formats are more popular </li></ul><ul><li>Lincoln-Douglas focuses  on discussin...
Toulmin’s Theories of Argument Construction
<ul><li>Data – evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Claim – debater’s stance on the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Warrant – logic the deba...
Classroom Uses <ul><li>Good way to build logical and abstract thought </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrates to students that there...
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  1. 1. What is Competitive Debate? And How Can it be Used in the Classroom? by Heidi H.
  2. 2. McGough’s article in The New Republic <ul><li>Competitive Debate has become a low substance, high format competition </li></ul><ul><li>Too much traditional debate focuses on volume of arguments, even if they are flimsy </li></ul><ul><li>Debaters speak quickly and ramble off as many arguments as they can, using too many abbreviations in effort to lure opponent to not have enough time to refute all arguments </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary formats are more popular </li></ul><ul><li>Lincoln-Douglas focuses on discussing the merits of competing ethical values </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary does not have a pre-set topic. Debaters find out topic ten minutes before the debate. </li></ul>But There’s Hope!
  4. 4. Toulmin’s Theories of Argument Construction
  5. 5. <ul><li>Data – evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Claim – debater’s stance on the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Warrant – logic the debater uses to make claim </li></ul><ul><li>Backing – reasoning for that logic, more evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifier – relative strength of argument, a pitfall </li></ul><ul><li>Reservation – rebuttal that will strengthen argument </li></ul>
  6. 6. Classroom Uses <ul><li>Good way to build logical and abstract thought </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrates to students that there are no “pat answers” to tough questions </li></ul><ul><li>Gets kids to see multiple sides of issues </li></ul>

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