Debate

Debate Conference ~ December 2, 2016
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Albion Middle School, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

(2755 East Newcastle Drive, Sandy, UT)

This conference will include topic lectures, demonstrations, coaches workshops, and community building.  Coaches and students are invited to attend!

Jordan District Debate Meets 

Elementary School
Bingham High School
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:30 p.m. Registration
5:00-7:00 p.m. Tournament

Middle School
Bingham High School
Friday, April 7, 2017
4:00 p.m. Registration
4:30-7:00 p.m. Tournament

State Debate Meet ~ Alta High School
April 20 Middle School / April 21 Elementary School
More Details TBA

2016 – 2017 Debate Topics

Middle School Policy
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement with China on one or more of the following issues: space debris, climate change, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and/or Taiwan.

Middle School Lincoln Douglas 
Resolved:  In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.

Elementary 
Resolved:  In the United States the benefits of compulsory national service outweigh the harms.

2016 – 2017 Speech Events

Original Oratory
A 7-minute memorized speech for middle school and a 4-minute memorized speech for elementary of original content that is intended to persuade (i.e., you should recycle more).

Informative Speaking/Elementary
A 4-minute memorized speech for elementary of original content that is intended to inform (i.e., this is what happens during the recycling process).

Extemporaneous Speaking/Middle School
is a 4-minute speech for middle school on a specific current events question provided by the tournament, proceeded by a 20 minute preparation period that includes articles provided by the tournament or gathered prior to the tournament by individual schools on 5 current event topic areas (i.e., terrorism, energy, foreign relations, technology, economy)

Extemp speakers are allowed one index card on which to write an outline, that they may choose to use during their speech. All other information used to prepare should be left in the preparation room.

Debate Resources:

General Information
Debate is an opportunity for students to use their skills of reading, thinking, writing, speaking and listening in a meaningful situation that can be related to their own lives. Teams of two students research a controversial issue to collect facts and expert opinions for/against a proposed change (stated as a resolution). They prepare cases by using this data and making/stating a strong case and refuting opponent’s claims with contradictory facts and explanations. Elementary students argue either as affirmative or a negative team. Intermediate students are prepared to argue both affirmatively and negatively.  Middle school students can also opt for Lincoln/Douglas debate style.  
Debate can be used in the classroom in two ways:

  1. As a unit of study, introducing debate skills with the process and information for the debate.
  2. As part of the year’s curriculum and as an outgrowth of language arts, science and social studies.

For more information and training materials contact your area GT specialist.