Debate: The Art of Persuasion

A courtroom scene with jury listening to prosecutor or defender.

Participating in a debate will help develop your persuasive skills, which serve as the foundation of most speaking and writing. All of us—not just political leaders, published authors, and interscholastic debaters—make claims and use rhetorical devices to persuade people. Debating a controversial issue will help you strengthen your ability to build, support, and articulate a particular argument.

About this Assignment

In this assignment, you will:

  • Identify rhetorical devices used in a debate's arguments and counterarguments.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the rhetorical devices used in the arguments.