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1. Identify the issue of the debate

2. Argue for change, not status quo (current state of affairs)

3. Provide a brief introduction of the overall issue to frame the debate for the judge

4. Definitions should be provided from quality sources if necessary (sometimes it is necessary to define terms).

5. Present contentions as reasons for the judge to adopt your side of the debate

6. Intro/State/Summarize should be the structure
Open statement "My partner and I stand in the strongest affirmation or negation that resolved:__(state resolution)___.

At least 2 and most 6 points of Contention.
I. A Contention is a major argument

A. Support each contention with subpoints

1) support each sub-point with evidence
*evidence comes in the following forms:
expert quotes, studies, stats, facts, polls, real life examples, analogies, personal experiences.
Do not overwhelm your case with evidence but choose the BEST evidence to support your arguments!

1. Both Aff and Neg have the primary agenda of arguing against the opponents case in the second round.

2. Attack your opponents arguments and legitimacy by:
A. turn the focus back to your side
B. attack evidences (bottom up)
C. demonstrate superiority of your contentions (top down)
D. expose inconsistencies or fallacies in opponent's arguments

3. Maintain a consistent approach in attacking opponent's arguments (agree as a team the best strategy for rebuttal and stick to it together)!
First Neg Speech

Speaker 1 (Team A first speaker) - 4 min
Speaker 2 (Team B first speaker) - 4 min
Cross fire between Speakers 1 and 2 only - 3min
Speaker 3 (Team A second speaker) - 4 min
Speaker 4 (Team B second speaker) - 4 min
Cross Fire between Speakers 3 and 4 only - 3 min
Speaker 1 - Summary Speech - 2 min
Speaker 2 - Summary Speech - 2 min
Grand cross fire (all speakers ask each other questions) - 3 min
Speaker 3 - Final Focus - 2 min
Speaker 4 - Final Focus - 2 min
(2 minutes of prep time per team distributed as needed)

1. The Neg must present disadvantages of the resolution and why it should NOT be adopted.

2. The Neg may argue status quo that change must not occur. Study, present, and defend the current state of affairs regarding the resolution.

3. Provide counter definitions if necessary

4. You do not need to rebut the AFF's case in the opening Neg. Present a solid 4 minute Neg case in the opening! Save the rebuttals for next round! (Different than LD)!!!
1. You have two minutes to rebut and extend arguments

2. New contentions are not allowed after Round 1

3. New evidence, quotes, and facts are admissible after round 1 and often avoid redundancy in the later rounds! Save some evidence for later rounds; especially to rebut and attack opponents arguments at the end!

1. Explain with clarity why your team has won the debate!

2. Again, no new arguments may be presented but new and appropriate evidences (quotes, states, stories, examples, etc) may be used!

3. Expose problems or fallacies in your opponents arguments and/or case.

4. Explain to the judge why your side should win the debate

1. Cross fires - periods of questioning that give debate interactivity between opponents!

2. Initial question - usually begins with Aff, then Neg, then whoever is the alpha debater. You do not have to go back and forth after the first two questions.

3. Do not be rude or appear to dominate opponent or you will lose points, be be bold and assertive.

4. In the first two cross fires, only the initial speakers may ask eachother questins.

5. In the final cross fire, any speakers may ask questions and answer (mix and match is best - do not allow one to dominate the Q and A sessions).
1. Each team has a total of 2 minutes of prep time

2. Use wisely

3. Try to save prep time only for summary and final focus speeches

4. The more prepared you are before the debate, the better you can use the prep time

2017 TOPIC


Resolved: High school Public Forum Debate resolutions should not confront sensitive religious issues.
Write an affirmative and negative case of four minutes each for tomorrow's debates.
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