Student Congress Debate/Speech Structure

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  • Introduction (15-30 sec.)
    • Attention Ladies and gentlemen, the motion thats for discussion today is '.......'
    • Purpose ("I stand in affirmation/negation on the bill/resolution...")
    • Preview ("for the following reasons")
  • Body (2 Minutes)
    • Clash!
      • 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 to questions. ("I now yield my time to the chair.")

Sample Speech[edit]

[Attention getter] Fellow senators, I [rise 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 now yield my time to the chair.