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Below are databases that will help you form your opinion.  Some of these databases require log-in and password.  These are listed on each computer in the library.  Please copy down this information so that you will have it to use at home. 

The other links listed are from Mr. Longo, these sites will be helpful for your research.


Incentives - Class Debate

Research Day 1-2-3

Step 1: Three pieces of evidence to support your position.

  • At least one must be a digital visual, which can be projected on the board during the debate. This could be a graph, chart, picture, political cartoon, or anything else that strengthens your argument. Each piece of evidence must be attached to a real life example or case study which demonstrates your point.

Step 2: Three biggest weaknesses in your argument, and responses to each.

  • This will help you predict what your opponent will say during the counter-argument stage of the debate, when they will be attacking some part of your argument. You will be given a limited amount of time to respond to the criticism, so getting this down now will give you a huge advantage during the debate.

Step 3: Three strongest attacks against the opposing argument.

  • This will help you “know your enemy,” and learn about any weaknesses you may use to your advantage during the debate. Have no mercy…


A Quick Word of Advice on Internet Research

1.   Restrict your web searches to .edu and .gov websites.

  • This will lead you to resources created by college professors and government-funded projects, which prove to be much more reliable, and in less need of corroboration, than .com or .org sources.

2.   Less is more…

  • If you don’t see how something is making your argument better, then get rid of it

3.   Know when to move on.

  • Sometimes we just can’t find what we are looking for; you have to know when to stop looking for the perfect piece of evidence, and settle for what is available.

    Debate Outline

    “State Your Case”

    Debate Outline


    Team Name: ________________________________________

    Debate Topic: _______________________________________

    Debate Side: ________________________________________


    Opening Statement:
























    Supporting Evidence #1











    Supporting Evidence #2












    Supporting Evidence #3













    Attack Opposing Argument – Try to predict what the other group will say in defense of their position, and then figure out a way to throw it right back in their faces during the Cross-Examination. Sending spies to eavesdrop on your opponents is frowned upon, but not entirely banned.


    Your Group’s Cross Examiner: __________________________________________

    Attack Opposing Argument #1









    Attack Opposing Argument #2









    Attack Opposing Argument #3










    Defend Your Position – Try to predict what the other group will do during the Cross Examination. What could they say to attack each piece of supporting evidence you have collected? Then, write a reasonable response (rebuttal) to that point, which makes your opponent’s attack less damaging.

    You will not know how the opposing team will attack your argument before the debate, and only have a limited time to develop a response after hearing their attack, getting this right could mean the difference between winning and losing.


    Your Group’s Rebuttal Expert: __________________________________________

    Opponent Attack #1 (Cross-Exam)








    Your Response (Rebuttal)

    Opponent Attack #2









    Your Response

    Opponent Attack #3









    Your Response

    Closing Statement







































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