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Debate vocabulary

argument contains 3 parts, assertion, reason, evidence
assertion a statement claiming something is true without providing proof or evidence
reasoning provides support to show why audience should believe assertion
evidence completes an argument by supporting assertion or reasoning or both
refutation response to an argument-can be direct or indirect
indirect refutation brings up new issue not brought up by other side
direct refutation responds directly to ideas of other side
debate a formal discussion, involving opposing viewpoints
proposition (prop) makes a case for the motion
opposition argues against the case that is made for the motion
rebuttal summary speeches that make the best case for the side and tries to eliminate the major points of the other team
heckle interrupts the speaker, directed to the judge, to point out an incomplete argument- OR- used to support team member (lightly taps desk to show support
POI point of information- stand up-comment/question the speaker (a POI can only last 15 seconds or less)
4 step refutation they say, but I disagree, because, therefore
5 minutes amount of time each speaker can talk


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