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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up
This appealing and concise book takes students through the process of preparing for and delivering a debate speech. It is directed toward those assigned to classroom events as well as participants in teams, and includes the basic steps: choosing and researching a topic, constructing a solid argument, and speaking with confidence. Later chapters cover specific forums such as Lincoln-Douglas, parliamentary, and policy resolution debates. Lighthearted cartoon cows and numerous sidebars and quotes turn what could have been a dry, instructional book into one that is entertaining and easy to read. One weakness is the "Researching Your Debate" chapter, which discusses the necessity of finding authoritative sources but focuses on Internet searching rather than recommending the use of books or online databases. Lists of debate camps (with phone numbers only), tournament information (with addresses only), and debate organizations' Web sites are included.
—Marcia KochelCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.