DEBATE ROLES and RULES
 
Roles 
Rules 
 
Opening Statement Presenter: 
Gathers the main arguments into an introductory statement.  Does not give specific information; just says "this is true because of A and B and C." 

1.________________________________________ 

Topic Presenters: 
Present the main arguments for the team.  Each presenter give specific details that prove A and B and C. 
(2 or 3) 

1.________________________________________ 
2.________________________________________ 
3.________________________________________ 
 

Rebuttal Presenters: 
Answer the arguments of the other team.  These presenters must take notes as the other team is presenting their arguments and respond to every argument, using specific information to disprove them. 
(1 or 2) 

1.________________________________________ 
2.________________________________________ 
 

Closing Statement Presenter: 
Presents the closing arguments for the team.  Repeats the main idea for this and this and this reasons. 

1.________________________________________ 
 

 
Debate Rules
No put downs. 
You must raise your hand if it's not your time to speak. 
Teams lose 1 point for each interruption. 
Teams lose 1 point for whispering while another speaker is talking. 

TIMES 
Opening statements for both sides = 3 minutes each 
Arguments for both sides = 3 minutes each 
Rebuttal conference = 1 minute 
Rebuttals = 2 minutes each 
Closing statements for both sides = 3 minutes each 

 
 
The Debate
Date: 
Class: 
 
 
PRO
CON
Clear statement of main idea in opening statement 
Points 
1.
2.
3.
Rebuttals 
Closing statement