Elementary Policy

The State of Utah should ban the use of plastic shopping bags and bottles.

Jr. High/ Middle School Policy

The State of Utah should establish a policy significantly decreasing plastic waste.

Jr. High/ Middle School L-D

In the State of Utah, individuals have a moral obligation to reduce plastic waste in their communities.

DEBATE provides an excellent opportunity for students to use their skills of reading, thinking, writing, speaking and listening.

Teams of two students research a controversial issue to collect facts and expert opinions for/against a proposed change (stated as a resolution). They prepare cases by using these data and making inferences.

Teams face opponents in timed speeches and attempt to elicit judges’ votes by stating a strong case and refuting opponent’s claims with contradictory facts and explanations.

  • Elementary students argue either as an affirmative or a negative team.
  • Intermediate students are prepared to argue both affirmatively and negatively.
  • Participation in the debate process incorporates language arts skills, science curriculum and social studies concepts.



Constructive Speeches – 3 minutes elementary – 5 minutes intermediate
Recess – 2 minutes
Rebuttal Speeches – 1 1/2 minutes elementary – 2 1/2 minutes intermediate


(Same times for elementary and intermediate)

Affirmative Constructive – 3 minutes
Cross-examination – 1 1/2 minutes
Negative Constructive – 3 1/2 minutes
Cross-examination – 1 1/2 minutes
First Affirmative Rebuttal – 1 1/2 minutes
Negative Rebuttal – 2 minutes
Second Affirmative Rebuttal – 1 minute

*In addition to these times, each Jr. High/Middle School Debater will have two minutes to use as “prep time.”