Self-Guided Student Learning
Find tools to build your skills and expand your understanding of different competitive speech and debate events. For more resources, visit our resource table.
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.
PF Topic Resources
Download a topic breakdown and advanced evidence on the February Public Forum Topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics.
LD Topic Resources
Download a topic breakdown and advanced evidence on the Jan/Feb Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis, Resolved: The United States ought to substantially reduce its military presence in the West Asia-North Africa region.
World Schools Motions
Download the February 2024 World Schools Debate Motions.
Download the February 2024 Legislation Docket.
Download the February 2024 Extemp Practice Questions.
Access the 2023-2024 Starter Files, Courtesy of NDCA
Big Questions Topic Resources
Download resources on the Big Questions topic, Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest.
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Final Round Videos
Learn from the best of the best in final round performances from the high school and middle school National Tournaments.
Dive into the process of putting together a Duo performance from start to finish. This course offers a look behind the scenes at the cutting, blocking, practicing, and performing of a final round Duo.
Extemp Speech Breakdown (Beginner)
Follow the breakdown of a champion Extemp speech to learn more about the components of a speech and decision making.
Extemp Speech Breakdown (Advanced)
Join an expert extemper as they narrate their live prep and deliver their speech. Learn how they balance their time, search for evidence, and more.
International Extemp Speech Breakdown
Learn advanced Extemp strategies from a two-time national champion in this video.
How to Pick a Piece or Topic
Join expert coaches, Interpers, and Orators for an in-depth conversation about searching for a piece or choosing a topic, identifying your strengths, and finding the right fit.
Resource Package Subscribers
Access our webinar archives for tips from experts on trying new events and improving your skills,
Informative Speech Breakdown – Ceceilia Voss
Go behind the curtain of a final round Info to learn tips for visual aids, speech structure, and more.
Informative Speech Breakdown – Anneteke Adoga
Learn strategies for Info as two-time national champion Anneteke Adoga breaks down her 2022 speech.
Advanced Informative Speech Breakdown – Anneteke Adoga
Pick up advanced techniquess from two-time national champion Anneteke Adoga as she breaks down her 2022 speech.
Student Experts Series
Discover more tips from national finalists in our student experts video series.
Access more than 50 individual drills and practice activities for delivery, prep, strategy, memorization, characterization, movement, and more.
Interp Character Checklist
Use this checklist to experiment and track progress in bringing a character to life through their movement, voice, motivations, environment, and more.
How to Create a Character
Explore ways to bring complexity and purpose to each character with tips from Samuel L. Jackson.
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.
How to Cut a Card
Practice identifying and organizing evidence for a debate round with this short video.
Intro to Framework
Understand how to construct, justify, and respond to framework in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
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.
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.
Pick up six tips for effective Public Forum crossfire from a PF national champion.
Research topics with the HeinOnline Database.
Speech Warm Ups
Impromptu Starter Kit
Use these notes on event structure, balancing time, and delivery, as well as practice activities and advice from National Tournament finalists to get started with Impromptu.
Poetry Starter Kit
Use this guide to get started with Poetry, including a sample annotated cutting and advice from national finalists.
Prose Starter Kit
Use this guide to get started with Prose, including event basics, sample performances, and advice from National Tournament finalists.
Declamation Starter Kit
Use this guide to get started with Declamation, including event basics, advice for cutting and delivery, and sample performances.
Extemp Commentary Starter Kit
Use this guide to get started with Extemp Commentary, including event basics, sample prompts, practice tips, and sample performances.
Storytelling Starter Kit
Use this guide to get started with Storytelling, including event basics, advice for using the chair and selecting a piece, delivery tips, and sample performances.
Learn the meaning of common terms in the speech and debate community.