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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.

Resource Access

This collection features resources from a variety of membership levels.

Free: Resources available to all.
Members: Resources available to members logged in and attached to a school with an NSDA membership.
Resource Package Subscribers: Resources available to individuals or teams who are logged in and have purchased a Resource Package with additional tools.

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Classroom Instruction

Lesson Plans

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.

Suggested Source Materials

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Start Here: Teaching Public Forum
Start Here: Teaching Lincoln-Douglas

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Start Here: Teaching Lincoln-Douglas
Start Here: Teaching Policy Debate

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Start Here: Teaching Policy Debate
Start Here: Teaching Middle School Public Forum

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Start Here: Teaching Middle School Public Forum
Start Here Teaching MS Congress

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Start Here: Teaching Middle School Congressional Debate

Textbooks

Supplement your instruction with event overviews and instruction from expert authors via downloadable online textbooks.

Public Forum and Congressional Debate

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Public Forum Congressional Debate
Finding the Honest Voice of the Character

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Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Everything You Need to Know About Policy Debate

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Policy Debate
Debating in a World Schools Style: A Guide

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World Schools Debate
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Topic Resources

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PF Topic Resources

 

Download a topic breakdown and advanced evidence on the Nov/Dec Public Forum Topic, Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.

LD Topic Resources

 

Download a topic breakdown on the Nov/Dec Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis, Resolved: The People’s Republic of China ought to prioritize environmental protection over economic growth.

Policy Files

Access the 2022-2023 Starter Files, Courtesy of NDCA

Congress Legislation

 

Download the December 2022 Legislation Docket.

World Schools Motions

 

Download the December 2022 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.

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Learning The Fundamentals

Competition Events Guide

Free

Competition Events Guide

Explore the basics of each form of debate and what it takes to succeed.

How to Cut a Card

Free

Unified Manual

Understand the rules in competitive events.

How to Be a Great Volunteer Judge PDF

Free

Judge Training

Read or share judge training resources and quick event primers.

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NSDA Learn Courses

Dive deeper into norms and coaching strategies with content from experts.

Intro to Flowing PF and LD

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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

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Intro to Flowing Policy

Learn why, how, and what to take note of in a Policy Debate round in this series of flowing videos.

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Intro to Framework

Understand how to construct, justify, and respond to framework in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

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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.

How to Cut a Card

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How to Cut a Card

Practice identifying and organizing evidence for a debate round with this short video.

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HeinOnline

Research topics with the HeinOnline Database.

Webinar Recordings

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Webinar Recordings

Access our archives of recorded webinars for expert advice on argumentation, spreading, legislation, cross-examination, and more.

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Sample Rounds

Big Questions Final Round 2020

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Big Questions Debate

Watch the 2020 Big Questions Debate National Tournament final round.

Congressional Debate Final Round

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Congressional Debate – House

Watch the 2020 House National Tournament final round.

Congressional Debate Senate

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Congressional Debate – Senate

Watch the 2020 House National Tournament final round.

Extemporaneous Debate Final Rounds

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Extemporaneous Debate

Watch the 2020 Extemporaneous Debate National Tournament final round.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Final Round

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Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Watch the 2020 Lincoln-Douglas Debate National Tournament final round.

Policy Debate Final Round

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Policy Debate

Watch the 2020 Policy Debate National Tournament final round.

World Schools Debate

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World Schools Debate

Watch the 2020 World Schools Debate National Tournament final round.

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