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Classroom Debate Rubric
Criteria
5 points
4 points
3 points
2 points
1 point
Total
Points
Respect for
Other Team
All statements, body
language, and
responses were
respectful and were
inappropriate language
Statements and
responses were
respectful and used
appropriate language,
but once or twice body
language was not
Most statements and
responses were
respectful and in
appropriate language,
but there was one
sarcastic remark
Statements, responses
and/or body language
were borderline
appropriate. Some
sarcastic remarks
Statements,
responses and/or body
language were
consistently not
respectful
Information
All information
presented in this debate
was clear, accurate and
thorough
Most information
presented in this debate
was clear, accurate and
thorough
Most information
presented in the debate
was clear and accurate,
but was not usually
thorough
Some information
was accurate, but
there were some
minor inaccuracies
Information had
some major
inaccuracies OR was
usually not clear
Rebuttal
All counter-arguments
were accurate, relevant
and strong
Most counter-arguments
were accurate, relevant,
and strong
Most counter-arguments
were accurate and
relevant, but several
were weak
Some counter
arguments were
weak and irrelevant
Counter-arguments
were not accurate
and/or relevant
Use of
Facts/Statistics
Every major point was
well supported with
several relevant facts,
statistics and/or
examples
Every major point was
adequately supported
with relevant facts,
statistics and/or
examples
Every major point was
supported with facts,
statistics and/or
examples, but the
relevance of some was
questionable
Some points were
supported well, others
were not
All points were not
supported
Organization
All arguments were
clearly tied to an idea
(premise) and organized
in a tight, logical fashion
Most arguments were
clearly tied to an idea
(premise) and organized
in a tight, logical fashion
Most arguments were
clearly tied to an idea
(premise) and organized
in a tight, logical fashion
Most arguments were
clearly tied to an idea
(premise) and organized
in a tight, logical fashion
Most arguments were
clearly tied to an idea
(premise) and organized
in a tight, logical fashion
Understanding
of Topic
The team clearly
understood the topic in
depth and presented
their information
forcefully and
convincingly
The team clearly
understood the topic in
depth and presented
their information with
ease
The team seemed to
understand the main
points of the topic and
presented those with
ease
The team seemed
to understand the main
points of the topic, but
didn’t present with ease
The team did not
show an adequate
understanding of
the topic
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Source: http://course1.winona.edu/shatfield/air/classdebate.pdf