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August 23, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

How to Give a 2NR Overview

Here are a couple of things you can do there:

1) Highlight concessions

2) Highlight drops

3) Highlight the macro level of the debate & your overall story  (macro is the big picture….its the level above the line by line).  This is the part thats critical.

4) Big distinctions that win you the debate (i.e. offense vs. defense) or the type of evidence they are reading in relation to yours

5) I think some folks do a “their only hope to win is X……but thats wrong for these reasons…”

6) Some people do impact comparison there (for instance our arguments turn the case)

7) Some “no new arguments” type pre-empt.


In K debates the overview might be pretty big.  In other debates….45 to 60 seconds is usually sufficient.


The object isn’t to stick as many of the above in the overview….but to pick and choose what fits your situation….based on just under a minute of time.


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