Find coaching and teaching resources for debate events, including Big Questions, Congress, Extemp Debate, Lincoln-Douglas, Policy, Public Forum, and World Schools Debate. For more debate resources, visit our resource table.
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Access grab-and-go lesson plans designed to introduce new students to different debate events. Lessons can be used in the classroom or adapted for after-school and can easily build on each other to fit your needs.
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Public Forum Congressional Debate
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PF Topic Resources
Download a topic breakdown and advanced evidence on the Sept/Oct Public Forum Topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic.
LD Topic Resources
Download a topic breakdown and Advanced Evidence on the Sep/Oct Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis, Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.
Access the 2023-2024 Starter Files, Courtesy of NDCA
Download the September 2023 Legislation Docket.
World Schools Motions
Download the September 2023 World Schools Debate Motions.
Big Questions Topic Resources
Download resources on the Big Questions topic, Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice.
Learning The Fundamentals
Competition Events Guide
Explore the basics of each form of debate and what it takes to succeed.
Understand the rules in competitive events.
Read or share judge training resources and quick event primers.
NSDA Learn Courses
Dive deeper into norms and coaching strategies with content from experts.
Intro to Flowing PF and LD
Conquer note taking in PF and LD in this series of flowing videos with example speeches.
Intro to Flowing Policy
Learn why, how, and what to take note of in a Policy Debate round in this series of flowing videos.
Intro to Coaching Lincoln-Douglas
Explore the ins and outs of coaching Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Intro to Framework
Understand how to construct, justify, and respond to framework in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Intro to Kritiks
Learn to explain, identify, and respond to types of kritiks, which are arguments that focus on power structures that exist around us and how they cause the problems we ought to address.
Intro to Philosophy
Understand how to apply philosophies to strengthen or weaken arguments, differentiate the three main branches of philosophy, and engage constructively with philosophies that are commonly used in competitive debates.
How to Cut a Card
Practice identifying and organizing evidence for a debate round with this short video.
Research topics with the HeinOnline Database.
Resource Package Subscribers
Access our archives of recorded webinars for expert advice on argumentation, spreading, legislation, cross-examination, and more.
Big Questions Debate
Watch the 2022 Big Questions Debate National Tournament final round.
Congressional Debate – House
Watch the 2022 House National Tournament final round.
Congressional Debate – Senate
Watch the 2022 Senate National Tournament final round.
Watch the 2022 Extemporaneous Debate National Tournament final round.
Watch the 2022 Lincoln-Douglas Debate National Tournament final round.
Watch the 2022 Policy Debate National Tournament final round.
World Schools Debate
Watch the 2022 World Schools Debate National Tournament final round.