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Policy Debate Quick Start Guide
toby whisenhunton 4 June 2013
Transcript of Policy Debate Quick Start Guide
comparing competing claims
and a warrants that are presented.
So what is a claim and warrant? Step 1: Claim and
Warrant Step 1: Claim and
Warrant Impact Step 3: Files & Evidence Step 3: Files & Evidence Policy debate is very research intensive,
but resources are available to aid those
new to the activity or those needing
additional research. Step 4: Flow Step 4: Flow One of the most difficult skills to learn and teach debaters is the art of flowing, or note taking. Flowing is the hardest thing to practice, but the most important skill needed to advance in debate. If you don't keep track of all the things you and your opponent said, you will have a hard time winning a judge over. The best way to learn how to debate is to debate.
You can never be prepared enough for a debate
which is a beautiful part of debate. 5 steps to success Policy Debate Quick Start Guide Dogs are superior to cats. Female super-heroes are better than male super-heroes. 3. Pirates are better than ninjas. Xbox is better than PlayStation. Homework is a necessary part of school. The United States should significantly
increase aid to Africa. Procedures of safety should come before the preservation of rights. Lets look at some sample claims and see if we can make up some warrants for and against them. Well that all makes sense except what is an impact and what is calculus? Step 2: Impact Calculus Step 2: Impact Calculus Math This discussion references public
forum debate, but the basics of
impact calculus are the same in
policy debate as well. National Debate Coaches Association - Open Evidence Project
http://www.debatecoaches.org/page/open-evidence-project Dallas Urban Debate League
http://dallasurbandebate.wikispaces.com/ Cross Examination.com
http://www.cross-x.com/ Planet Debate.com
http://www.planetdebate.com/ 1. Ask knowledge gaining questions after the debate. Sample Questions
What could I have done better?
How did I do on the disadvantage?
How could I get my point across better?
Did I make the right decision on the arguments I focused on in the last speech? How to get the most out of a debate tournament. 2. Take notes of the post round discussion 3. Keep your flows from all of your rounds. 4. Talk to other debaters from other schools. If a judge is going to take the time to give you feed back on your performance, you should take the time to write down their comments.
Do not only listen to the advice they give you, but also the critique of your opponent. You can learn from their success and mistakes as well.
You will learn more from debates you lose than you win, so shake off the loss and listen up to advice after wards.
Don't argue with the judge. ASk questions in a respectful manner. Rebuttal re-dos are a debater's best friend.
Use your past flows to re-create your rebuttal or constructive that needed improvement.
After you re-do your speech, re-do it again. To increase efficiency reduce the amount of time you have for the speech. This is particularly effective for rebuttal re-dos.
Don't wait too long to use your flows. Do it while it is fresh in your mind.
Add or remove arguments to add variety to your practice.
Practice like you play. Take it serious. We are all in this together.
Make friends with your fellow compitors. After the each round congratulate and compliment them. Debaters love compliments.
Help those whom you can. Learn from those willing to teach.
Verify and vet information. Some people don't know what they are talking about and some issues in debate have multiple view points. Debate
Love Debate is hard. You will have ups and downs. You will win some rounds and you will lose some rounds, but remember the experience is absolutely worth it. Only a small portion of the population a