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Debate 101

Policy Debate Basics: First Lesson Spring 2016
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Jay Falk

on 20 April 2016

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DEBATE BASICS 101
THE RESOLUTION
IN ROUND STUFF
PRO?
CON?
AFF?
NEG?
YES?
NO?

Keys to Success
The Resolution
The Structure
The vague, broad,
topic
you debate about
It changes every school year
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.
Switch-Side Debate
PLATFORMS
Social
SOCIAL
SEO
CMS
You got through your first debate lesson!
Debate Basics:
You present a
PLAN
You debate
against

someone else's plan
Two-sided debate
Congrats!
The Debate Team Google Drive!
THIS YEAR IT IS:
Keep Calm
and
2AR
the meat
the actor
what you should do
What do you do with the resolution?
Affirmative
Negative
You will debate both the and the of the resolution
Affirmative
Negative
You must develop a strategy for both
Its not just yelling at each other,
really
The United States Federal Government should sell tacos to China
Ex:

You will debate the merits of
this plan
during rounds when you are affirmative
We will explain what kind of arguments go into creating an affirmative at another meeting
There are lots of kinds of arguments you can make
against

someone's plan, many of which are generic and you can write ahead of time
Neg Strategy is also complicated and will be explained in detail at another meeting
The United States Federal Government is bad, China is bad, tacos are bad, selling is bad
Ex:
SPEECHES!!

(AKA what rounds look like)
You and your partner switch off speeches and cross-examination
1. First
Affirmative
Constructive (1AC)

2. First
Negative
Constructive (1NC)

3. Second

Affirmative
Constructive (2AC)

4. Second
Negative

Constructive (2NC)

5. First
Negative
Rebuttal (1NR)

6. First
Affirmative
Rebuttal (1AR)

7. Second
Negative
Rebuttal (2NR)

8. Second
Affirmative
Rebuttal (2AR)
cross-x
cross-x
cross-x
cross-x
14 min
Neg
Block
8min
8min
8min
8min
5min
5min
5min
5min
SO MUCH INFORMATION AHHHH!
thats cool, we thought so too, so we broke it down
Negative?
Affirmative?
1NR?
2AC?
1AR?
2AR?
Neg Block?
2NC?
In a speeches cheat sheet!
For your commitment, we'll give a key to debate sucess!
tcdebatesociety@gmail.com
password:
You'll find: Novice Korner
other random stuff that may or may not be helpful
YOU'RE WELCOME!
Make use of this privilege wisely :)
HEY, NEW DEBATERS!
pre-written cases
extra introductory powerpoints (courtesy of Fred)

a printable copy of the Speeches Cheat Sheet
a forum to share documents and work with the entire team
Now you!
Come up with a plan under the China resolution. It can be serious or ridiculous and we'll talk about how it could work in round
First Things, First
EVIDENCE
To make an argument you need
evidence:

This is true for all arguments you ever make!
Like in:


Essays
Speeches
any kind arguing or persuasion (like debate)

In debate, evidence is in the form of CARDS

Evidence should be . . .
read WHENEVER you make a claim in a debate
This is what a card looks like:
Tag
Cite
text/warrant
(Claim)
(author, date, & qualifications)
cited clearly from a good author/source (NY times, PhD's, professionals, .gov, .edu, etc....)
tagged correctly (don't cut straw men)
Why (K)orner? Because we are debate and can justify anything!
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