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Becoming a real debater

I have been learning how to debate by my principal Mr.Thompson. When he first started teaching my class it seemed very easy but we were very wrong.

First, we went over the points of the protocol one by one and went over the topic or motion that was “This house would remove all salt from the ocean”. Then, we wrote three reasons for the affirmative and negative. These are two of my reasons for the affirmative and negative: “We should remove all salt from the ocean because if people are on boats and don't have any water they will drink the salt water get sick and die” and: “We shouldn't remove the salt because some people use salt from the ocean to heal their cuts or scrapes.”

Next, he taught us to write a persuasive dialogue, mine is “Let's say you're sailing across the Pacific Ocean and you run out of water sooner or later you will drink the salt water get sick and die, and that's why. This house would remove all salt from the ocean.”

After we got through points one through eight we had to go to the front of the class and say them. I was very nervous but then I got over it when I saw others having difficulty, I didn't worry if I made a mistake. Finally, we were becoming real debaters.

I feel that learning how to debate as a child can benefit us in the end because, if we wanted to be a lawyer this would be our foundation. That is my debating experience.

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Published December 16, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 16, 2010 at 7:34 am)

Becoming a real debater

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