Student Congress Debate/Speech Structure
- Introduction (15-30 sec.)
- Attention Getter
- Purpose ("I rise to the affirmative/stand negative on the bill or resolution...")
- Preview ("for the following reasons")
- Body (2 Minutes)
- State issues on the floor
- State points in conflict
- Prove your point with evidence including the source and date of publication, add the credentials of the source
- logic- explain why this evidence reinforces your point and your side
- Tell the assembly the impact of your point and how it should affect their vote
- Present a Challenge to the Opposition.
- Conclusion (30 sec.)
- Summarize key points of clash.
- Summarize key points.
- Come full circle.
- Open yourself for cross-examination and clarification. ("I am now open for cross-examination and points of further clarification.")
[Attention getter] Fellow senators, I [rie to the affirmative/stand in negation] of this [bill/resolution] [because of/for] the following three contentions:
First shall be that, [contention #1] Second shall be that, [contention #2] And finally, [contention #3]
[First, let me talk about/I will start off by saying that] [contention #1]. [reason, citations].
Also, I [rise to the affirmative/stand in negation] of this legislature because [reason, citations].
Finally, this [can/cannot] work because [reason, citations].
So, in conclusion I urge your [affirmation/negation] of this [bill/resolution] because [summary contention #1, #2] and because [summary contention #3] because, as stated, [restate contentions #1, #2, and #3].
I am now open for cross-examination and points of further clarification.