Start Here: Teaching Public Forum
In Public Forum Debate, students work in pairs of two to debate both sides of a topic. Public Forum is one of the most popular events and is a great entry point for new students and judges.
Topics are based on current events and change frequently, which gives students the opportunity to learn about a variety of subjects and keeps debates exciting and new.
Students present prepared cases, then engage in rebuttal and questioning periods with limited prep.
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.
- Find, cut, cite, and organize evidence that supports their claims.
- Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
- Respond to attacks against their arguments with limited prep using logic and/or evidence.
- Listen effectively to take notes on a round and use them to ask questions.
- Complete a full Public Forum round.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|LESSON 1: What is Debate?||1|
|LESSON 2: What is Public Forum?||6|
|LESSON 3: Resolution Analysis||12|
|LESSON 4: Research||16|
|LESSON 5: How to Cut Cards||21|
|LESSON 6: Argumentation||25|
|LESSON 7: Writing the Case||28|
|LESSON 8: Flowing the Round||32|
|LESSON 9: Crossfire||36|
|LESSON 10: Refutation||39|
|LESSON 11: Demonstration||44|
|LESSON 12: Delivery||47|
|LESSON 13: Practice||49|
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