December 23, 2013 by Musical
Welcome to the first ever episode of… Musical’s House Of Learnage!
On the chopping block today is one of my favorites.
Parliamentary Debate: Building a Case
Let me use something familiar to begin with. Arguing. Although Debate is quite far from it, to my knowledge this is the closest thing that you know much about. Everyone argues, be it siblings, or strangers, or friends, or anyone else I missed– they have had an argument sometime in their life.
So, when you are about to argue, you must first find something to argue about. Much like arguing, Debate has an almost unlimited array of possibilities to debate about. (What you are going to ‘argue’ about is called a ‘case’.) The only ‘un-use-ables’ are either inappropriate content, or specific knowledge. Though, it is easy to use the good stuff, and still have a great case.
Now, when building a case, you need to fill out a kind of ‘form’ to make a strong case. Here is an example.
1. Resolution/R: This House Should Shoot For The Stars
2. Definition/D: Family X should buy clothes at a local thrift store
3. Criteria/C: Cost Benefit Analysis
4. Value/V: Saving Money
5. Need 1/N1: Family X is large and needs to save money.
6. Plan 1/P1: Family X should visit their local thrift store and buy clothes for cheap.
7. Benefit 1/B1: Family X can use the money they saved on something else
Now let us dissect it.
1. this is the first part of the helpful form. “Why do you need this ‘Resolution’, and what does it mean?”
2. This is the second step in making an awesome case. The Definition is what the entire debate is about, something to whet your appetite, and get the argumentative juices flowing. Think of it like a title, a preview. It is also a little bit about how you are going to use the Resolution, but not much, because that will be covered in the ‘Plan’ section.
3. Criteria is the next step.
n. pl. cri·te·ri·a (-tîr–) or cri·te·ri·ons
Keep being crazy, but also live dangerously, and eat your veggies.