Start Here: Teaching Lincoln-Douglas
Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD) is a one-on-one event where debaters argue against one another on a specified resolution.
Students prepare cases and then engage in an exchange of cross-examinations and rebuttals in an attempt to convince a judge that they are the better debater in the round.
LD explores questions of how society ought to be and is often referred to as a “values” debate, as questions of morality and justice are commonly examined.
Students Will Be Able To:
- Write a persuasive speech that features complete arguments with a claim, data, warrant, and impact.
- Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning.
- Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
- Listen effectively and respond to attacks against their arguments with limited prep using logic and/or evidence.
- Craft a framework with a value and criterion that is tied to the resolution.
- Respond to attacks against their arguments and weigh their framework against their opponent’s with limited prep using logic and/or evidence.
- Complete a full Lincoln-Douglas round.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|LESSON 1: The Fundamentals of Argument||1|
|LESSON 2: Research and Media Literacy: Part 1||4|
|LESSON 3: Research and Media Literacy: Part 2||7|
|LESSON 4: Formatting Evidence||9|
|LESSON 5: Framework||12|
|LESSON 6: Case Construction and Writing||17|
|LESSON 7: How to Flow||20|
|LESSON 8: Blocks, Rebuttals, Signposting, Organization||24|
|LESSON 9: Cross-Examination||28|
|LESSON 10: Intro to Philosophy: Part 1||32|
|LESSON 11: Intro to Philosophy: Part 2||35|
|LESSON 12: Judge Adaptation||39|
|LESSON 13: Practice Debates||42|