At the end of this tutorial you wil:
1. Understand the components and differences between the opening and closing statements.
In a debate group of 4-5 the most confident speaker will generally construct and perform the opening statement, the second most confident speaker will construct and perform the closing statement. The opening generally uses logic and expert arguments including the most important and persuasive facts and statistics while the closing is more of an emotional appeal to the audience. Everyone can participate in the rebuttals but the debate team members that are doing the opening and closing will be mostly graded using the rubric, and additional rebuttals during the debate will only add to their score.