DEBATE GRADING RUBRIC

On the right side of the rubric, please write the number representing what you think was the performance level of the debate team in question for each criterion below.  Then calculate the average for each team.

 

                                                                Levels of Performance for AFFIRMATIVE Team

Criteria

4

3

2

1

Grade:

1. Organization & Clarity: 

Main arguments and responses are outlined in a clear and orderly way.

Completely clear and orderly presentation

Mostly clear and orderly in all parts

Clear in some parts but not overall

Unclear and disorganized throughout

 

2. Use of Argument: 

Reasons are given to support the resolution

Very strong and persuasive arguments given throughout

Many good arguments given, with only minor problems

Some decent arguments, but some significant problems

Few or no real arguments given, or all arguments given had significant problems

 

3. Use of cross-examination and rebuttal

Identification of weakness in Negative teamís arguments and ability to defend itself against attack. 

Excellent cross-exam and defense against Negative teamís objections

Good cross-exam and rebuttals, with only minor slip-ups

Decent cross-exam and/or rebuttals, but with some significant problems

Poor cross-exam or rebuttals, failure to point out problems in Negative teamís position or failure to defend itself against attack.

 

4. Presentation Style: 

Tone of voice, clarity of expression, precision of arguments all contribute to keeping audienceís attention and persuading them of the teamís case.

All style features were used convincingly

Most style features were used convincingly

Few style features were used convincingly

Very few style features were used, none of them convincingly

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SCORE:

 _____

                                                                                                                                                                                           (Divide by 4)

                                                                                                     AVERAGE FOR AFFIRMATIVE TEAM:                   _______

                                                                Levels of Performance for NEGATIVE Team

Criteria

4

3

2

1

Grade:

1. Organization & Clarity: 

Main arguments and responses are outlined in a clear and orderly way.

Completely clear and orderly presentation

Mostly clear and orderly in all parts

Clear in some parts but not overall

Unclear and disorganized throughout

 

2. Use of Argument: 

Reasons are given against the resolution

Very strong and persuasive arguments given throughout

Many good arguments given, with only minor problems

Some decent arguments, but some significant problems

Few or no real arguments given, or all arguments given had significant problems

 

3. Use of cross-examination and rebuttal: 

Identification of weakness in Affirmative teamís arguments and ability to defend itself against attack. 

Excellent cross-exam and defense against Affirmative teamís objections

Good cross-exam and rebuttal, with only minor slip-ups

Decent cross-exam and/or rebuttal, but with some significant problems

Poor cross-exam or rebuttal, failure to point out problems in Affirmative teamís position or failure to defend itself against attack.

 

4. Presentation Style: 

Tone of voice, clarity of expression, precision of arguments all contribute to keeping audienceís attention and persuading them of the teamís case.

All style features were used convincingly

Most style features were used convincingly

Few style features were used convincingly

Very few style features were used, none of them convincingly

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SCORE:

_______

                                                                                                                                                                                           (Divide by 4

                                                                                                            AVERAGE FOR NEGATIVE TEAM:                   _______

 

  STUDENT NUMBER (to remain confidential): _______________________________