What is debate?

A formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward

Formal Debate

  • Is done in front of a judge.
  • The affirmative side presents the argument first.
  • After the affirmative side is done presenting or time has run out, the negative side counters the argument.

How do you pick a Debate topic?

  • What interests you?
  • What would interest your audience?
  • Is there something going on today that relates to the topic?

Example of Formal Debate

Middle School Debate January 29, 2014

Informal Debate

  • Done without a judge.
  • Is an exchange of ideas.

Sample of an Informal Debate