One of my classes had a debate today. The topic, New Imperialism: Positive or Negative. The format was rather simple:
4 minute constructive argument for each team. (Big picture ideas, setting up the detailed argument)
3 minute detailed argument
4 minute rebutal
3 minute closing statement
Also, any time that was left on the board by one team was awarded to the opposing team to add onto their closing statement time.
What kept the debate moving along quickly and kept everyone engaged were two tools provided by triptico.
The full screen timer & swingometer, both perfect for class debates.