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That's Debatable!



That's Debatable!
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.59

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     challenging words:    assigned-topic, debatable, rebuttal, validity, well-underway, persuasive, thought-provoking, objective, best, formally, knowledgeable, credible, valid, critical, acknowledge, viewpoint


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That's Debatable!
By Beth Beutler
  

1     Some people make a team sport out of it. Politicians formally conduct them. There are many sides to an issue, and a debate is the type of speech used to "talk it out."
 
2     There are debate teams who enjoy preparing their speeches and conducting them in competition. A political debate is similar, with both candidates being given an opportunity to share their views on a variety of subjects. There are usually guidelines to keep the debate orderly, although when two people argue, it can get emotional!
 
3     If you are going to be involved in a debate, here are some tips that you should consider. These can apply whether you are assigned a topic and viewpoint, or if you create one of your own.
 
4     1. Know your subject. Be sure to take time to get to know your topic. When you are debating, you will be expected to come across as informed and knowledgeable. You cannot do that without being familiar with your topic. Read items from books and credible sources on the Internet. If possible, you may want to interview an expert on the subject. For example, if you are debating about treatment options for animals with illness, you may want to talk with a veterinarian.
 
5     2. Become very comfortable with the structure of the debate. It is important to know ahead of time how the debate will work. Will each side be given a specific amount of time? You will need to practice your statements so that they will fit into the allotted time.

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