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Lincoln-Douglas Debate

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lexi carlson

on 14 January 2013

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Transcript of Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Lincoln-Douglas Debate A Bit of History The intro is designed to catch the attention of the judges. It's to lend emotional support to the stance you are about to take. The Intro The first Lincoln-Douglas Debate was, of course, between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. What does it take to be a Lincoln-Douglas Debater? Lincoln-Douglas Debaters (L-D debaters) are people that aren't afraid to debate alone Flow Charts Get down everything your opponent says Structure A good L-D case is written like a good essay. It has 2-5 main points, an intro and a conclusion. It was over the issue of slavery. There was no clear , black and white answer that could be justifiable by evidence. The conclusion could only be proven through moral values and historical precedent (examples in history). Meaning, if one side was arguing to define slaves as men, then according the Declaration of Independence they are also created equal and should be treated accordingly. They do not need anyone to share the guts or the glory with. L-D debaters just might be too good for a team They are usually a little odd. L-D debaters are always independent thinkers Make notes about what you're going to say Be careful what you abbreviate. You would surprised how fast you can forget what something means. Flow Charts can take on any structure that suits your purpose. However, certain information that must be included is value, definition, examples, and a box for each speech. It is creative and written in a relatively interesting way. (Just like english, don't make your essays boring) It should flow easily and contain a thesis It does not consist entirely of quotes or evidence like other styles of debate do. It can appeal to emotions. Definitions! Value It could be a quote or analogy or just about anything. It should lead directly to one of your points. It is best to end your intro by saying something like, "For this reason.." or "I stand firmly in support of..." You may find them boring, but they are very important. You should define almost every word in your statements . If you do not define your words, your opponents can twist them to mean something other than what you meant "the" and "is" are very important to define. Try to use the first definition in the dictionary, it is usually the one the judge will agree with. Points CONCLUSION Round Structure 2 4 5 Resolution= the topic The value is the standard by which you evaluate the resolution. Values are usually things like freedom, quality of life, individualism, etc. EVERYTHING should relate to your value(s)! If your opponent runs a point that does not relate to their values, you can ask how it is supposed to relate in the cross examination round and get it thrown out. You can adopt your opponents value and you may have the same values at the start of a round. Know your value, make sure you know why its important off the top of your head Make sure value is implied or stated at the beginning Observations are also known as points, contentions and several other names. Points tend to be more contentions. Observations are statements or facts. Contentions are opinions backed by facts. The second best contention should go first, the worst should go second and the best should go last. Finish stong! It should contain facts and evidence but also have a clear logical path. Use alliterations and other literary techniques. BE INTERESTING It should consist of your main point and your value. It can have the same things as your introduction. Basic round structure:
1st Affirmative 6 minutes
Neg cross-examines aff 3 minutes
1st Negative 7 minutes
Aff cross-examines neg 3 minutes
1st Affirmative Rebuttal 4 minutes
1st Negative Rebuttal 6 minutes
2nd Affirmative Rebuttal 3 minutes Tips -Keep calm!- don't get angry. -Be polite to your opponent. -Speak smoothly. -Don't rush through your speech. -The judge is God , worry about impressing the judge, not your opponent Thank You so much for watching! If you have any questions don't be afraid to ask!

If you'd like to do some of your own research, I found www.debate.uvm.edu to be a very helpful website.
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