A debate contention is a form of persuasive speech and can be written by following a three-point format: introduce the problem, report relevant data and present the solution. All forms of persuasive speech include a compelling introduction to the problem, such as a shocking statistic or a compelling fact that captures the listener's attention.
The body of any persuasive writing defines problems and points that are pertinent to the discussion. As a contention speech, the most compelling points are the points that debunk the opponent's premise. Expound further on previously introduced factual and statistical data. Each paragraph should include a solution and a great transitional sentence into the next topic.
Summarize the main points, and emphasize the proposed solutions as a better alternative to the opponent's solutions with sound and solid reasoning. Compelling and persuasive arguments always have sound resolutions that resonate with listeners. Debate contentions also offer the same style of resolution.
Experts at About.com suggest, "Don't complicate your speech by going outside the standard 'three points' format. While it might seem simplistic or contrived, it is a tried and true format for an audience who is hearing--as opposed to reading." When writing a debate contention, stick to the facts and statistics to persuade the audience to take action.