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December 29, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

What are the questions novice policy debaters ask or need to know?

So here are some questions I imagine novices have:
How do you flow?
How do you do line by line?
How do you go affirmative?
How do you go negative?
How can I prepare for my first debate?
How do you prepare to debate other teams?
How can you get better at debate?
How do you refute arguments?
How can you be persuasive?
What do successful debaters do?
How do you do research?
How do you adapt to judges?
How are later speeches different from earlier ones?
How do you work together in a team effectively?
Some I’ve made up….but I could imagine they would be helpful for novice debaters to know.

So what questions do novice debaters ask?
What questions do they need the answers to?
What generic arguments is it helpful for them to get a sketch of (perhaps the debate on both sides)?


Someone also suggested:

“how do you effectively manage prep time during a round?”

How do you manage speech time?

I would suggest:
what is an extension? How do you do it? How do you do it well? How do you blow something up?
How do you think strategically? How do you think with the end in mind?
What should be included in an overview to X argument?

A little more “advanced” might be:
How do you do research?
How do you cut articles?
How do you write briefs?
How do you write fronlines & blocks? (both aff and negative)

How do you debate the case?
How do you answer X type of argument in the 2ac?

You can find more curriculum resources here.

There is a mega-thread on for helping new coaches out on Cross-x.

I also think that the National Forensic League has some resources available on their site for doing this type of thing.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Dec 29 2013 8:40 pm

    I thought this was interesting conceptually for research:

    I’m thinking reading over this one might be helpful if someone was trying to write on this topic:

    This is kind of part of that series:

    Some notes about word efficiency:

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