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Public Forum Debate

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Susie Mabry

on 21 November 2014

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Transcript of Public Forum Debate

Public Forum Debate
Novice Year

National Forensic League
" Students in debate come to thoroughly understand both sides of the resolution, having researched each extensively, and learn to think critically about every argument that could be made on each side."

What is Public Forum?
Debate Terms
Team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the monthly resolution
Clash of ideas must be communicated in a manner persuasive to the judge
Display solid logic, lucid reasoning, and depth of analysis
Communicate ideas with clarity, organization, eloquence, and professional decorum
Present a clash of ideas by countering/refuting arguments of the opposing team (rebuttal)
Utilize evidence without being driven by it
First Year Debater

Once you graduate novice year, you are a varsity debater until you graduate high school
Novice Year is the easiest one you'll have, so take advantage of it!
Second, third , and fourth year debaters

Responsible for coaching and training novices
Have officer positions on any debate team
'A Team' : The debate team's most successful public forum team , (99.99% of the team is a varsity pf team).
'B Team': The second best pf team
Bad debaters; the epitome of debate insults
"We just hit some scrubs from Wellington"
To go up against
"We're running phytoremediation as a benefit of GMO's"
To use an argument in your case
"On pro we ran nuclear terrorism"
"We just hit some scrubs that ran scuba rice..."
Essential skill public forum debaters need to develop in the beginning of novice year and master by the end
Flowing your opponents case doesn't mean "taking notes" on it
It means
efficiently and completely
keeping track of their case in
chronological order
by writing down their points
Flows are
abbreviated notes in the margins of your legal pad
Cases are formatted into framework, contentions, subpoints, evidence, and impacts.
When you flow you need to
mark and keep track of all of these things in your opponents case
As a
second speaker,
you flow your opponents case and in your speech you'll
"go down the flow" and refute or attempt to refute all of their arguments

"Who did you just hit? I'm hitting Atlantic right now."
"I hit them in my first round, I'll give you my flow. I know for sure they ran discrimination in their first contention but I have blocks to that too."

1. Prepping
2. Round/speech structure
3. Speaking Strategies

Getting a national ranking means you have to really pay attention novice year and commit to learning the basics of
Debate in the National Forensic League is competitive
It requires intense commitment and a lot of time outside of school
Lay Judge
Judges that don't know anything about speech structure and won't flow your arguments against your opponents
In each round you need to learn to adapt your speaking and arguments to different types of judges
Lay judges are usually parents, and if in your first speech you notice the judge is writing down nothing or minimal notes, they are probably lay and you need to adapt to their knowledge of PF
Flow Judge
A judge that will flow your arguments (keep track of everything you've said and refuted)
Usually a student judge, if in your first constructive you see them listening and writing what looks like a flow, you need to adapt to their knowledge of PF
DON'T DO THIS! (Unless you're a policy debater, which you aren't)
Speed + Reading = Spreading
With flow judges you will definitely be able to speak a little faster and stress more empirical evidence, and also use terms specific to PF to let the judge know what you're speaking about
No matter how you speak, you need to be understandable. Saying something too fast that no one knew what you said is equivalent to not saying it at all, and can leave major gaps in your flow.
Flay Judge
Combination of flow and lay; has judging experience and will follow your arguments/flow to an extent
At national tournaments, by winning enough preliminary rounds you can break, or advance to break rounds that end with a champion
Preparing; working for a debate
Prepped/Prepped out- (adj.) to be extremely well prepared
Prep- (inf.) to prepare/work
Prep- (n.) combination of blocks, cards, and contentions you've prepared
"Will you share your prep with me?"

Logical responses supported with evidence that refute your opponents case
One of the most important parts of every round
Cutting Cards
(v.)- finding strong pieces of evidence and formatting them specifically to the NFL evidence standards, and making them easy to comprehend and read in a round

"I'm sending you a link to a Harvard study about GMO's- cut that and 4 more cards and I need them tomorrow"
When cutting cards for blocks or for your case it's important to memorize the format and the standards for them
You should probably google the 2014 pf evidenc standards and save the pdf to your desktop and constantly work from it
Just because you found a response to an argument doesn't mean it's a block. A block is a well thought out combination of multiple responses to an argument backed up by evidence.
Cards are pieces of evidence

To 'cut' a card is to edit evidence (without changing it) to put it in the correct format for use in your case/blocks/ round in general
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