"Dialogue in its traditional meaning referred to people with divergent viewpoints coming together in hope of discovering a different, more complex and perhaps higher truth." - WSJ 11/1/2023 "Where’s Socrates When You Need Him?"
Pro/Con Issues (for class debate) - Putting students in the driver’s seat
TIP - best way to refer to your sources in a verbal debate - show off their expertise! It makes your argument stronger!
"According to Dr. Smith, professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts"
"Recent CDC research indicates..."
"The World Health Organization says..."
TRICK - research the other side
Do a little bit of research into the other side of your debate to help you get an idea of what their arguments might be. Then you can prepare some answers and have your statistics and data lined up to challenge their arguments.
Searching in Google?
Remember you are looking for Trustworthy, Relevant, Accessible and Current (T. R. A. C.) information when searching for sources using Google. Ask yourself these questions about any websites before using the information for your debate.
To limit your results to a .gov or .edu website, type your search this way:
site:gov lower drinking age
site:edu safe injection sites