Team Debate Preparation: 1) A question card is picked and each team is assigned a side to argue. 2) The question is projected on the screen. Write down the entire question, and circle the side you were assigned to argue. 3) On own (3 minutes) – Take notes on REASONS why your side is the better choice. This is NOT the time to attack your opponents’ side. 4) Pair and Share (3 minutes) – Discuss with a partner. Share reasons and expand on them. Create good EVIDENCE and EXAMPLES to support your reasons. 5) Group Brainstorm with Four (4 minutes) – Discuss and Take Notes on possible ways to attack your opponents’ choice. Debate: 6) Cards – You should have two cards, each with your name on it. These are your tickets to speak. As you speak the teacher will take your card. You must use a card if you wish to speak during initial arguments, as well as during rebuttals. You cannot speak for more than 1 minute, and someone must “tag” in before the speaker’s minute elapses. Bent elbow on desk with card in the air = ready to talk Straight arm in the air = want to add to the comment being made 7) Initial Arguments (5 minutes each) – Team One presents their argument. Team Two presents their argument. During the initial argument phase when your opponent is presenting their side you should be taking notes on things in their argument that you can attack during the counterclaim / rebuttal round. 8) Individual Rebuttal Write (2 minutes) – Take notes on specific parts of your opponents’ argument you would like to rebut. 9) Rebuttal Round (3 minutes each) – Each rebuttal will be limited to attacking one claim per person.