Archive for October, 2011


Forms for the tournament!

October 29, 2011

Debate Student Code of Conduct

Nampa HS Parent Student Contract

Nampa HS Medical Release Form
Skyview HS Parent Student Contract

Skyview HS Medical Release Form


Thursday, October 20

October 18, 2011

Lincoln Douglas


Be sure you are following the Lincoln Douglas Debate Affirmative Case Outline you need to have each component in the correct order.

Find info for Value/Criteria as well as Contentions in the handbook posted in  My Student Resources

Remember, your arguments should have 3 components, a claim (main point of argument – one sentence), a warrant (a quotation, statistic, reasoning), and an impact statement (a sentence that ties the claim back to the resolution)

Don’t forget to put in an attention-getting getter, the resolution, definitions, etc.!

When your case is complete, time it to ensure it will be less than 6 minutes long!

Public Forum

Finish your cases!!! Make sure you have each of the components of the Public Forum Debate Case Outline.

Once your cases are written, each partner should choose who will be the 1st Speaker for each side of the debate. Time yourselves reading through the cases. There is no EXCUSE for going over time!

Cases done? Drill yourselves by doing the following:

One partner reads a contention from the case written by their partner (either pro or con)

The partner must then make a response to that argument (use your evidence book, other research, your own reasoning to refute the contention)

The first partner must now attempt to respond to the attacks made upon the contention!

Do this for as many arguments as you have time for – it is a full on mini debate and will sharpen your refutation skills!


2AC Scavenger Hunt –

Finding answers to negative attacks against your case!

On Open Evidence, select affirmatives and then open affirmative files for your case (Asteroids, Mars, etc.). Your goal is to find additional “cards” (pieces of evidence) that support your 1AC arguments.

As you find the arguments, copy and paste them into their own Word document and print. File them in your Affirmative information files under 2AC!

You are looking for additional cards to answer attacks against your:






Instructions for Case Completion

October 10, 2011

Make your CASE!!!

At this point you should have lots of arguments on both side of the topic. Now it is time to start putting it into your Case Outline (see under your type of debate below). In addition to 3 main arguments on  each side of the topic you also need an attention getter (look for a great quote that supports that side of the debate), definitions for the terms in the resolution, and more!

Are your CASES done?!

Build Blocks to use againstyour opponents!

Start by finding arguments/responses to your own cases!!

You need WAY MORE than 3 arguments on each side to be good at debate! Don’t settle for a minimum knowledge on your topic. Create an argument for every good reason you come across – affirmative or negative – you never know when you can use it to answer future attacks or opponent contentions.

Be looking for multiple warrants that support the same claims – think, for example how you will respond to an attack made against your contention – if you have another warrant that supports your contention, you can easily answer back in your next speech. You should have a large document that features a BUNCH of these arguments, called “blocks”.

Public Forum



Let’s Abolish the Electoral College



Slate: In Defense of the Electoral College

Against a Popular Vote

Public Forum Debate Case Outline

Lincoln Douglas

Whitman Debate Evidence Pack – People in Need

Indvidual Moral Obligation Starter Set


Beyond the Veil of Ignorance – On Philosophy

World Hunger: A Moral Response

Veil of Ignorance – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Lincoln Douglas Affirmative Case Outline


Rational Egoism – Wikipedia, don’t quote – just learn!

Self Interest – The Virtue of Selfishness

Egoism – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Lincoln Douglas Negative Case Worksheet

Policy Debate

Go to My Student Resources

Read an affirmative in the Galileo Affirmative document (just the part called the 1AC). Create a list with the name of the Case on top (ex. Helium-3) and write a few notes to help you remember the important parts of the case. Under that you should create a list of arguments that could be made against your case. Find the arguments against the case in the Copernicus Case Issues document and search for arguments AGAINST the plan you just read.

Don’t like some of these arguments? Go to Open Evidence to see if you can find better warrants (cards/pieces of evidence) to back up the main ideas.

Keep searching for more!


New Topics!

October 1, 2011

November/December 2011 LD Topic

Resolved: Individuals have a moral obligation to assist people in need.

Some info on the topic: (click on a title to read the article)

Is there an obligation to help?

Various Theories of Moral Obligation

Create Debate Blog – See what others say on the topic!

November 2011 Public Forum Topic

Resolved: Direct popular vote should replace electoral vote in presidential elections.

Some info on the topic: (click on a title to read the article)

The Electoral College – Pros & Cons

The Electoral College Debate

Changing the Electoral College Getting Attention

Electoral College

In Defense of the Electoral College