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Parliamentary Debate (PHSSL RULES) is a three on three debate in which opponents delve into an issue. In this debate the government and opposition are on opposite sides of an issue. The resolutions are often worded as 'This House believes' which opens up the definitions a great deal, even to the extent of who the GOV is advocating as.
Basic Debate Guidelines:
- Debate should be logical, well reasoned, and have a well thought out case.
- Debate should stay within the specified Time Limits.
- Debate should present two distinct sides or 'clash' on the issue.
- Debate should be presented with clarity, forethought, and a solid understanding of language.
Key Info to Know
The topics are worded as 'resolutions,' meaning that the debaters are solving a problem. They do this by advocating a position.
Some Handouts for Parliamentary Debate
How to use each speech - This is a handout used to help debaters know how to use the time in each of his or her speeches.
Debate Clash Chart - A simple graphic organizer so that students can begin seeing how clash should be presented in round.
Impact Analysis Chart - A basic chart designed to help students figure out how to weigh impacts in the round.
The timing (PHSSL rules) is as follows:
6 minute → GOV Prime Minister Speech
6 minute → OPP Leader of Opposition Speech
6 minute → GOV 1st Member of Government
6 minute → OPP 1st Member of Opposition
6 minute → GOV 2nd Member of Government
6 minute → OPP 2nd Member of Opposition
3 minute → OPP Rebuttal (leader of Opp or Opp 1)
3 minute → GOV Rebuttal; (leader of Gov or Gov 1)
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