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Topic Prep Course

Class 1 — Topic introduction lecture, discussion of contention ideas
Homework: Write a contention

Free topic essay

Free topic bibliography

Class 2 — Review 1st contentions work on second contentions, lesson on search engines (Bing, Baidu, Google), lesson on sample evidence, more topic brainstorming

Homework: Finish second contention
Class 3 — Review cases, practice cases, practice crossfire, discuss rebuttals
Homework:  Start rebuttal prep
Class 4 — Practice rebuttals against specific contentions, advanced rebuttal techniques instruction, crossfires
Homework: Work on more rebuttals against contentions
Class 5 — Practice rebuttals against specific contentions, crossfires, crossfire practice
Homework: Work on more rebuttals against contentions
Class 6 — Practice debates through rebuttals and crossfire — one on each side, feedback
Homework: Improvements as suggested
Class 7–  Summary speeches & weighing, practice weighing
Homework: Start Summary speeches
Class 8 — Summary speech practice, improvements; weighing mechanisms practice
Homework: Weighing mechanisms exercise
Class 9 — Topic revisit — cover other arguments on the topic we haven’t covered yet; check for understanding
Homework: Adjust cases and rebuttal briefs
Class 10 — Practice debate, feedback
Class 11 — Practice debate, feedback (switch sides)
Class 12 –How to win debates on turns, practice and execution
Class 13 — Prepping crossfire questions
Class 14 — Practice debate
Class 15 — Final and review

Learning Objectives

Students will develop a strong understand of all of the major arguments on the debate topic.

Students will learn how to research and write their own constructive speeches.

Students will learn how to prepare their own rebuttal briefs on the topic and practice rebuttals against major arguments

Students will develop their crossfire skills and practice crossfire questions on the topic.

Students will develop their Summary speech skills and learn how to create Summary speeches on the topic.

Students will develop their Final focus speech skills and learn how to create Final Focus speeches on the topic.

Students will learn how to develop framework arguments, answer framework arguments, and weigh arguments.

Students will develop flowing skills.

Students will develop advanced strategies (as appropriate for experience level) that can be applied to any topic.