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Chapter 24. Debate and Parliamentary Procedure > Point/Counterpoint - Pg. 199

Debate and Parliamentary Procedure 199 In this chapter, you'll learn how to prepare and conduct a formal debate, from the proposition to the actual speeches. Along the way, you'll learn all about the affirmative and negative sides, how to write a brief and evidence cards, and how to work with a partner. The chapter finishes with an overview of the basics of parliamentary procedure. Point/Counterpoint A formal debate pits one side against the other in order to discover the best side of a controversial issue. During a debate, both sides are tested under pressure, which makes debate one of the most challenging forms of oral communication. Let Me Proposition You The debate issue is called the proposition. It's restricted to issues that have only two clear-cut sides. As a result, a question such as "What should be done about the speed limit?" can't be debated because it has more than two sides. A workable revision would be, "The speed limit should be decreased by 10 miles per hour to cut traffic fatalities." Talk Soup A formal debate is a contest in which two sides argue an issue that has only two sides. Formal debate follows