Nationals Topics 2019

The following topic areas will be discussed during the 2019 National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas. Visit our Nationals page to learn more about this prestigious event.

High School Topics

Policy Debate

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament Policy Debate final round!

 

Public Forum Debate

TOPIC AREA: Science and Technology in the Breaking News
Resolved: The United States federal government should enforce antitrust regulations on technology giants.

(A total of 475 coaches and 853 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 56% of the coach vote and 53% of the student vote.)

View the National Tournament topic analysis! Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament PF final round.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Resolved: Violent revolution is a just response to political oppression.

View the National Tournament topic analysis! Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament LD final round.

 

High School Congressional Debate

Download the 2019 high school docket containing preliminary, House quarterfinal, and semifinal round legislation (updated 05/08/19).

Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament rounds in the House and the Senate!

 

Big Questions

Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest.

View the Big Questions topic analysis!

 

World Schools Debate

(listed in round order)

Prelims:

  • Round 1: (Prepared) This House supports government control of social media during times of national emergency.
  • Round 2: (Prepared) This House would offer microloans in the developing world exclusively to women.
  • Round 3: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Round 4: (Prepared) This House prefers a bipartisan unity ticket in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • Round 5: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Round 6: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.

Elims:

  • Triple Octafinals: (Prepared) This House regrets the narrative that individual action is key to addressing climate change.
  • Double Octafinals: (Prepared) This House opposes the reduction of U.S. military forces in Syria.
  • Octafinals: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Quarterfinals: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Semifinals: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Finals: (Prepared) This House believes that the United States should remove restrictions on voting rights based on current felony incarceration.

View the video describing WSD at the National Tournament! Resource package subscribers can view a round by the USA Debate Development Team and a video and team activity describing Points of Information.

 

International Extemp Topic Areas

(round order – updated 06/16/19)

  • Round 1: Europe
  • Round 2: Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia
  • Round 3: International Organizations
  • Round 4: South and East Asia
  • Round 5: World Economy
  • Round 6: Sub-saharan Africa
  • Round 7: International Terrorism
  • Round 8: Climate Change and Environment
  • Round 9: Great Powers Conflict
  • Round 10: Americas
  • Round 11: Middle East and North Africa
  • Round 12: Global Human Rights
  • Finals: The World Next Week

 

United States Extemp Topic Areas

(round order – updated 06/16/19)

  • Round 1: The U.S. Congress
  • Round 2: Social Issues
  • Round 3: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Round 4: Healthcare and Entitlements
  • Round 5: National Security
  • Round 6: Youth Issues
  • Round 7: Constitution and Supreme Court
  • Round 8: Education
  • Round 9: Energy & Environment
  • Round 10: Science & Technology
  • Round 11: 2020 Election
  • Round 12: Economics
  • Finals: The U.S. Next Week

Resource package subscribers can view a sample Extemp round and feedback via ballots. They can also view the 2018 National Tournament final rounds in United States Extemp and International Extemp.

 

Extemp Commentary Topic Areas

(round order – updated 06/16/19)

  • Round 1: Summer of ’69 (Significant Events From 50 Years Ago)
  • Round 2: Our House, Is A Very, Very, Very Fine House (The Legislative)
  • Round 3: Artistic Expression (The Arts)
  • Round 4: To The Left, To The Left, Never Right, Only Left! (The Contenders Of 2020)
  • Round 5: Wizards Of Words (Giants Of Literature)
  • Round 6: And Justice For All (The Judicial)
  • Round 7: Look What You’ve Done – I’m Melting, Melting (Global Warming)
  • Round 8 (if needed): Spanning The Globe With The Constant Variety Of Sport (Sports Around The World)
  • Round 9 (if needed): Everything Is Bigger In Texas! (All Things Texas)
  • Finals: So When They Ask, “Do They Rock?” Say Believe That – Trump, Trump (The Executive)

Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament Extemp Commentary final round!

 

Extemporaneous Debate

Tournament officials post the resolution to be debated for each round 30 minutes prior to the start of flight A.

Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament Extemp Debate final round!

 

Storytelling

Students competing in Storytelling may use any theme/topic area.

Resource package subscribers can view the 2018 National Tournament Storytelling final round!

 

Interpretation Events

View the list of approved websites for Interpretation Events. Listing of these online publishing sources does not constitute an endorsement of the content of these sites. Stories, poems, news articles, and images may not be appropriate for all ages.

Middle School Topics

Policy Debate

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

Resource package subscribers can watch the 2018 Middle School National Tournament Policy final round.

Middle School Nationals – Policy Debate Case Limits

The 2019 Middle School National Speech & Debate Tournament will institute affirmative case limits for Policy Debate. All teams participating must adhere to these limits to avoid forfeiture:

  • Refugees/Asylum-seekers
  • Employment-based visas
  • Executive Order 13769
  • Pathways to citizenship
  • Open borders

 

Public Forum Debate

TOPIC AREA: Science & Technology in the Breaking News
Resolved: The United States federal government should enforce antitrust regulations on technology giants.

(A total of 475 coaches and 853 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 56% of the coach vote and 53% of the student vote.)

View the National Tournament topic analysis! Resource package subscribers can watch the 2018 Middle School National Tournament PF final round.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Resolved: Violent revolution is a just response to political oppression.

View the National Tournament topic analysis! Resource package subscribers can watch the 2018 Middle School National Tournament LD final round.

 

Middle School Congressional Debate

Download the 2019 middle school docket containing preliminary and semifinal round legislation (updated 05/08/19).

 

World Schools Debate

(listed in round order)

Prelims:

  • Round 1: (Prepared) This House supports government control of social media during times of national emergency.
  • Round 2: (Prepared) This House would offer microloans in the developing world exclusively to women.
  • Round 3: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Round 4: (Prepared) This House prefers a bipartisan unity ticket in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
  • Round 5: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Round 6: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.

Elims:

  • Quarterfinals: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Semifinals: (Impromptu) Motion announced one hour prior to round.
  • Finals: (Prepared) This House believes that the United States should remove restrictions on voting rights based on current felony incarceration.

View the video describing WSD at the National Tournament! Resource package subscribers can view a round by the USA Debate Development Team and a video and team activity describing Points of Information.

 

Middle School Extemporaneous Speaking Topic Areas

(listed alphabetically)

  • 2020 Election Cycle
  • China, The Koreas, and Japan
  • Global Energy and Environment
  • International Economics
  • Middle East/North Africa
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Healthcare and Entitlements
  • U.S. Immigration

Resource package subscribers can watch the 2018 Middle School National Tournament Extemp final round and view a sample Extemp round with ballot comments.

 

Middle School Impromptu Prompt Types

(listed in round order – updated 06/05/19)

  • Round 1 – Animated Movie Villains
    Students will draw the name of an animated movie villain and the movie in which that character is featured.
    Example: Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians)

  • Round 2 – Ten Years Ago – Events in 2009
    Students will draw a date with a description of a notable event that occurred on that day in 2009.
    Example: May 11 – NASA launches the final space shuttle mission to the Hubble Telescope.

  • Round 3 – Quotations about Summer
    Students will draw a quotation about or relating to summer.
    Example: “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

  • Round 4 – Sports Figures
    Students will draw the name of a famous athlete and their respective sport(s).
    Example: Stephen Curry (Basketball)

  • Round 5 – National Mottos
    Students will draw the name of a country and its motto.
    Example: To Lead is to Serve (Solomon Islands)

  • Quarterfinals – College Mascots
    Students will draw the name of an American college/university, the name of its mascot, and a photo of the mascot.
    Example: Freddie and Frida Falcon (Bowling Green State University); photo will also be provided

  • Semifinals – Thirty Years Ago – Events in 1989
    Students will draw a date with a description of a notable event that occurred on that day in 1989.
    Example: October 6 – The Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and political leader of Tibet, was named the 1989 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Finals – Famous Literary Quotations
    Students will draw a famous literary quotation, the book it is quoted from, and that book’s author.
    Example: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – J. R. R. Tolkein, The Fellowship of the Ring

Resource package subscribers can watch the 2018 Middle School National Tournament Impromptu final round.

 

Extemporaneous Debate

Tournament officials post the resolution to be debated for each round 30 minutes prior to the start of flight A.

 

Storytelling

Students competing in Storytelling may use any theme/topic area.

Resource package subscribers can watch the 2018 Middle School National Tournament Storytelling final round.

 

Interpretation Events

View the list of approved websites for Interpretation Events. Listing of these online publishing sources does not constitute an endorsement of the content of these sites. Stories, poems, news articles, and images may not be appropriate for all ages.

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