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Find tools to build your skills and expand your understanding of different competitive speech and debate events. For more resources, visit our resource table.

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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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Latest Releases

PF Topic Resources

 

Download a topic breakdown on the April Public Forum Topic, Resolved: Japan should revise Article 9 of its Constitution to develop offensive military capabilities.

LD Topic Resources

 

Download a topic breakdown and advanced evidence on the March/April Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis, Resolved: In a democracy, a free press ought to prioritize objectivity over advocacy.

World Schools Motions

 

Download the April 2022 World Schools Debate Motions.

Congress Legislation

 

Download the April 2022 Legislation Docket.

Extemp Questions

 

Download the April 2022 Extemp Practice Questions.

Policy Files

Download the 2021 Policy Starter Files.

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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Expository Speaking Final Round

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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.

Follow a Script Through the Cutting Process

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Duo Breakdown

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

Free

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 Prep and Speech Breakdown: Featuring Jacqueline Wei

Free

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.

How to Pick a Piece

Free

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.

Webinar Recordings

Resource Package Subscribers

Webinar Recordings

Access our webinar archives for tips from experts on trying new events and improving your skills,

Informative Speech Breakdown

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Informative Speech Breakdown

Go behind the curtain of a final round Info to learn tips for visual aids, speech structure, and more.

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Skill Building

Running Practices

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Running Practices

Access more than 50 individual drills and practice activities for delivery, prep, strategy, memorization, characterization, movement, and more.

Character Checklist

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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

Free

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

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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.

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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Intro to Framework

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

Students debating on a national stage

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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.

Six Tips for Effective Crossfire

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Crossfire Tips

Pick up six tips for effective Public Forum crossfire from a PF national champion.

Heinonline - Research topics with the HeinOnline Database.

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HeinOnline

Research topics with the HeinOnline Database.

Speech Warm Ups

Free

Speech Warm Ups
Warm-ups are the verbal and physical exercises we do before and between rounds to get energy, focus, and warm voices. Here are a few popular warm-ups used by teams across the country.
Improptu Starter Kit

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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

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Poetry Starter Kit

Use this guide to get started with Poetry, including a sample annotated cutting and advice from national finalists.

Prose Starter Kit

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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

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Declamation Starter Kit

Use this guide to get started with Declamation, including event basics, advice for cutting and delivery, and sample performances.

Speech and Debate Glossary

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Glossary

Learn the meaning of common terms in the speech and debate community.

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