If you argue in the affirmative, you are arguing in support of the resolution and for a change in the current definition/belief/status quo.

As part of the requirements to fulfill this course and help you engage in critical thinking, public speaking, argumentation techniques, and research, you will be participating in an individual debate (100 points) against one of your classmates. This will be a quasi-impromptu debate, therefore, you will be given a topic beforehand and on the day of your debate you will be given the side of your position to argue and allowed one minute to prepare. While you will present rebuttals to your opposition, you will not be allowed to cross-examine your opponent. You will need to turn in a portfolio (portfolio 50) and provide feedback (50 points in a separate assignment) to other debaters as well.
Your constructives/rebuttals/rejoinders should be prepared ahead of time and you will be required to use NO LESS than 6 (six) credible sources throughout your total presentation. You will present your evidence in an outline format that should be typed, organized, and arranged in a portfolio folder. Please note, because you will not know what side you will debate until that day, you must prepare to argue for BOTH sides. In effect, your portfolio should contain all of the elements of the debate: the affirmative and negative constructions, the affirmative and negative rebuttals, and the affirmative and negative rejoinders. On the day of the debate you will be allowed to use a speaking outline for your constructive argument and note cards for rebuttal/rejoinder. The debate format is as follows:
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC DEBATE ASSOCIATION (IPDA) Rules without cross examination
Affirmative Constructive -5 minutes
Negative Constructive – 6 minutes
First Affirmative Rebuttal – 3 minutes
First Negative Rebuttal – 4 minutes
Second Affirmative Rebuttal/Summary – 2 minutes
Debate 1
For this debate, you will be assigned a topic to argue in the affirmative or in the negative. Since you will not know which side of the proposition you will argue, you must prepare both sides. The topics will be assigned randomly and you will have approximately two weeks to prepare for the debate. Once again, assignment of the affirmative or the negative will be announced just prior to the debate. If you argue in the affirmative, you are arguing in support of the resolution and for a change in the current definition/belief/status quo. If you are arguing in the negative, you are arguing against the resolution and to uphold the current definition/belief/status quo.
Portfolio Format
Your portfolio should be in the following format and include one outline (brief) for the affirmative and another one for the negative.
1. Proposition
2. Definition of key terms
3. Overview/Introduction [includes the proposition/thesis of the argument]
*1. Contention 1 [first main point to support the proposition/thesis]
1. Claim 1 [first sub-point to support contention 1]
1. Grounds 1 [first sub-sub-point to support claim 1]
2. Grounds 2 [second sub-sub-point to support claim 1]
3. Warrant [shows the relationship between grounds1/2 and claim 1]
4. Backing [supports the reasonableness of the warrant]
2. Claim 2 [second sub-point to support contention 1]
1. Grounds 1 [first sub-sub-point to support claim 2]
2. Grounds 2 [second sub-sub-point to support claim 2]
3. Warrant [shows the relationship between grounds1/2 and claim 2]
4. Backing [supports the reasonableness of the warrant]
1. Contention 2 [second main point to support the proposition/thesis]
1. Claim 1 [sub-point to support contention 2]
1. Grounds 1 [first sub-sub-point to support claim 1]
2. Grounds 2 [second sub-sub-point to support claim 1]
3. Warrant [shows the relationship between grounds1/2 and claim 1]
4. Backing [supports the reasonableness of the warrant]
2. Claim 2 [sub-point to support contention 2]
1. Grounds 1 [first sub-sub-point to support claim 2]
2. Grounds 2 [second sub-sub-point to support claim 2]
3. Warrant [shows the relationship between grounds 1/2 and claim 2]
4. Backing [supports the reasonableness of the warrant]
1. Etc.
2. Rebutting opponents likely:
1. Contentions
1. Claims
1. Grounds
2. Warrants
3. Backing
1. Summary/Conclusion/Rejoinder
I HAVE UPLOADED EXAMPLES OF FLOW SHEETS FROM PAST DEBATES.