You rebuild your argument after your opponent attacks the argument. This is a critical skill in debate that is frequently overlooked.
REBUILD STEP ONE--RESTATE YOUR ORIGINAL ARGUMENT
State the number and tag of the argument you presented.
REBUILD STEP TWO--RESPOND TO OPPONENT ARGUMENTS USING 4 STEP
As you do, be sure to:
· Point out what parts of your argument that your opponent did not address
· Press (point out flaws in) your opponent’s responses
· Respond to your opponent’s responses by referring to the argument you made in your case or with a new argument supported by analysis or evidence.
· Extend (make stronger and develop) the argument you presented by making new arguments supported by analysis or evidence
Be Sure To State Your Opponent’s Response, Transfer, Make Your Response and make a convincing summary statement.
REBUILD STEP THREE: Explain why your position is stronger.
Show why they haven’t really attacked your argument; why your evidence is superior; or why your argument is logically stronger.