Our Mock Debates are this week as we ramp up the preparation for our Inter Team Debates Monday. Students will be working on these both in class and at home. These will be in Block 2 on Friday if anyone is keen to come and watch.
Today we will be running short impromptu debates as an introduction to debates.
Your topic (moot) is:
That New Zealand is the best country in the world.
You need to group yourself into teams of five (four speakers and one researcher/reserve). (Note that for the inter-team debate in week 6, we will decide on the teams).
Half of the teams in each class will speak for the motion (affirmative) - i.e. they agree with the statement. The other half will speak against it (negative) - i.e. they disagree with the statement. We will decide who will be arguing the affirmative and the negative by the toss of a coin.
Each speaker will talk for 45 seconds (approx). The first speaker for the affirmative will start, followed by the first speaker for the negative, and so on. At the end, the first speaker from each side will have opportunity for a 30-second rebuttal - starting with the first speaker from the negative team.
As a team, you will have to make an argument that convinces the judge/s that your proposition is the correct one. Each speaker within the team will need to prepare and deliver their 45 second-long speech. In each speech, you should make one significant point, and back it up with appropriate evidence. Try and use SEE: make a clear Statement, Explain why you think that, then use Evidence to support your claim.
In the rebuttal, you should be commenting on, and finding problems with, at least one point that the opposing team has made. Most of this you will have to note down as the debate proceeds (this is one of the key tasks of the researcher), but you may be able to anticipate some points and prepare for them.
Miss Carroll and I will be looking at the quality of your argument, but also at how well you deliver it. Make sure you stand up straight, look at the audience, and speak clearly. You will need to speak slowly, and include plenty of expression in your voice.
You need to be ready to start the first debate at 10am.
The winning effort from our Problem Based Challenge group today. The challenge was to create a 'ramp' that would propel a ball 5m across the classroom to hit a target. There were many good designs and efforts - This was only successful construction however. Well Done!