WHY DO SPAR DEBATE?
SPAR stands for Spontaneous Argumentation. SPAR is a unique Debate activity that allows students to:
- Build confidence while engaging in public speaking
- Make arguments for and against a topic
- Ask questions about the arguments presented during a debate
- Refute arguments during a debate
- Judge the strengths of arguments presented during a debate
USES FOR SPAR CARDS
- Great for introducing Debate to new students!
- Excellent way to start class!
- Fantastic activity for substitutes!
- Fun Fridays!
- Wonderful Impromptu Speaking topics!
HOW SPAR DEBATE WORKS
Select two debaters. Flip a coin. The winner of the coin flip may either: Pick the SPAR CARD and choose the topic to be debated, thus allowing the winner of the coin flip to choose which side he/she wants to wants to debate (either Affirmative or Negative) or the winner of the coin flip to choose which side he/she wants to debate (either Affirmative or Negative).
SPAR DEBATE FORMAT
Allow debaters five minutes to prepare and write down any notes they wish to use during the SPAR Debate. Select an odd number of classroom judges or take a class vote at the end of each debate to determine the winner.
|Affirmative Opening Speech
|Cross Examination by the Negative
|| 1 Minute
|Negative Opening Speech
|| 2 Minutes
|Cross Examination by the Affirmative
|Affirmative Closing Speech
|Negative Closing Speech