Oral Debate Rubric Criteria Fair Average Above Average Content Weak or missing facts or weak elaboration Some effort shown followed by rough, choppy elaboration Average impact of facts and position followed by smooth elaboration Strong statements of your position followed by smooth elaboration Use of Argumentation Few or no relevant supporting facts/examples Some relevant examples/facts given Many examples/facts given: most relevant Organization & Clarity Unclear in most parts Clear in some parts but not overall Most clear and orderly in all parts Only prepped on role, not able to elaborate, challenge or answer opponent because of lack of background knowledge Able to answer some of opponents’/ audience’s questions or arguments clearly, with facts/ examples You are able to argue against your opponent with insightful, fact-based support. You are able to answer any questions the opponent or audience has clearly, and you seem very knowledgeable about the topic and your support Some effective counterarguments made Many effective counterarguments made that challenge the opponent and your audience /10 Maintained focus and stayed on task /10 Preparedness & Background Knowledge Showed Energy & Enthusiasm in Voice Behavior Weak Your arguments and knowledge about the topic is not clear to the audience No effective counter arguments made Showed a lack of respect while speaking, and / or while others were speaking No counterarguments made orally on your part, but you are able to help your team with rebuttal Attempted to stay on task Average appropriate behavior shown Score: Clear reasoning and evidence is shown using examples, quotes, statistics, or other types of elaboration Viewpoints and responses are outlined both clearly and orderly in presentation Total: /30 /30 /10 /10 /100 Schedule of Debate – 20 to 25 minutes total 1.) Opening argument of both sides, with introduction (3 minutes for each person) The student that is supporting the topic will begin and will have three minutes to introduce the subject and to make his/her opinion on the matter clear. The opposing student will then have three minutes to do the same. Students cannot be interrupted by the other student during this time 2.) Opposing Rebuttal and Response (2 minutes for Rebuttal, 30 seconds for response) After the opposing side has spoken above, the student who spoke first can now provide counter arguments and rebuttals to the opposition. Present your supporting reasons here and provide supporting evidence. You will not be interrupted during this time as well. After two minutes, you will be stopped and the opponent will get to respond to what you have said for 30 seconds. Then, the opponent gets the same two minutes to present arguments and support and the other student will get 30 seconds to respond to those arguments. 3.) Audience Questions and Response (3 minutes each side) Beginning with the student supporting the topic, students may raise their hand to ask specific questions for the student to respond. The student speaking will call on those with questions and will answer. If this continues to three minutes, time will be cut off there. The same will then apply to the opposing side for up to three minutes. 4.) Concluding Statement (1 minute) Both sides get 60 seconds to make final closing statements using argument, evidence, and rhetorical appeals.