Class Debates
For each question, there will be a "Pro" and "Con" side. Basically, they argue for yes and no.

Opening Statement - Each side gets two minutes to create an opening paragraph style statement that gets the audience 'hooked' to your side.
Pro (2 min)
Con (2 min)
1st Argument - Each side gets two minutes to make their first point and examples. This is like the first body paragraph in an essay where you make a statement and then give examples
Pro (2 min)
Con (2 min)
2nd Argument - The second point and examples, but this time the con side begins. This is like the second body paragraph.
Con (2 min)
Pro (2 min)
3rd Argument - The third point and examples
Pro (2 min)
Con (2 Min)
Conference - Break for 2 minutes for conference-Each side prepares rebuttal
Rebuttal - Each side discusses the other side's arguments and rejects them
Con (2 min)
Pro (2 min)
Closing statement - Like the end paragraph in an essay, this is where you finish and make sure the audience is on your side
Con (2 min)
Pro (2 min)

Scientists should be permitted to clone mammals
So Yeong Asuka vs Hyo Min Jennifer (Pro)

Scientists should be permitted to use embryonic stem cells to save lives x2
David Rena (Pro) vs Amir Lina
Wyatt (Pro) vs Heyder

Scientists should be permitted to genetically modify our foods including animals and plants.
Ann Ray (Pro) vs Amir Lina

Scientists should be allowed to do gene therapy to enhance humans
Ben Karin vs Arax Takaho (Pro)

Appendix B – Public Speech Rubric

Poor 1

Fair 2
Good 3
Very Good 4
Excellent 5
Organization of Ideas
& Content
Student is not prepared for speech or presentation; little or no organization to speech
Little or no information or original ideas about topic
Speech has mainly been copied from elsewhere
Speech or presentation is somewhat disorganized
Sections of speech may be copied from elsewhere
Presents limited ideas or relevant information
Wanders off topic; causes audience to lose focus
Ideas & content are mostly organized and quite easy to follow
Presents key ideas with some supporting details
Ideas & content are well organized and appealing
Entire speech or presentation flows smoothly and audience can always understand the focus of the speech
Content is very well organized; ideas are creative and highly engaging
Speech is clearly original and captures and holds audience attention

Delivery and Fluency
Student cannot be understood – speaking is not fluent but stilted; could also be delivered way too fast or too slow
No use of expressive voice; as a result, speech lacks interest for audience
Speed of speaking is too fast or too slow
Student often pauses to remember what comes next
Limited use of expression; speech is not very engaging for audience
Student sometimes speaks too slowly or too quickly
Student sometimes pauses to remember what comes next
Some use of expressive voice which adds interest for the audience
Student speaks at an appropriate speed
Student unnecessarily pauses only once or twice
Quality of delivery is very good; makes very good use of expressive voice which engages the audience
Speed is controlled appropriately & effectively by student
Speech flows fluently and smoothly
Quality of delivery is excellent; excellent use of expression
Body Language,
Eye Contact
Student does not look at audience but looks down or “off into space”
Student may read entire speech
Does not use any gestures
Minimal eye contact with audience (10-40%); minimal gestures
Fidgets which distracts from the speech
Student reads sections of speech
Some eye contact with audience

Attempts to use variety of gestures and actions
Student is able to give, not read, speech
Makes eye contact with audience (61-90%)
Uses gestures & actions somewhat effectively
Body language indicates good level of comfort
Speech is said not read
Makes good eye contact with audience
(90 plus %)

Uses varied and suitable gestures and actions; excellent body language
Speech is “given” never read
Mumbles; many words blend together making it very hard to understand
Most common, easy words pronounced incorrectly
Some mumbling; some words blend together
Some common, easy words pronounced incorrectly
Voice is clear most of the time
Difficult words are pronounced incorrectly
Pronunciation is clear
Pronunciation errors do not distract from presentation
Voice is clear with precise pronunciation
Voice commands the attention of the audience
Speaks too quietly to be heard by audience
Speaks too quietly to be heard by anyone who is at the back of the room
Volume is sometimes inappropriate or inadequate; those at the back of the room must strain to hear words
Can be heard by everyone but doesn’t always vary the volume
Varies the volume as appropriate; always heard by others