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Lincoln Douglas

Lincoln-Douglas is a common but less popular form where students debate one on one.  The topics change bi-monthly and generally focus on philosophical issues, though modern Lincoln-Douglas debating has taken on many of the many of the norms and practices of Policy debate.  We provide instruction with helping students learn Lincoln Douglas debate, helping students improve their skills, and helping students prepare to debate the topics.

We provide two types of courses for Lincoln Douglas debate.

Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate.  This course provides instruction to teach students the basics of Public Forum debate.

Tournament Preparation.  Tournament preparation courses are designed to help students prepare for particular tournaments on particular topics. We cover topics from the US.

If students are new to debate and want to prepare for a tournament, we combine the instruction below into one 24 hour course.

Interested in registering? Please contact [email protected]


This is broken down into 15 hours, but classes can be combined

Class 1 — Topic introduction lecture, discussion of case ideas
Homework: Write one advantage
Class 2 — Review 1st contentions work on second advantages, more topic brainstorming
Homework: Finish second advantage
Class 3 — Review cases, practice cases, practice cross-x, discuss 1NC
Class 4 — Popular off-case positions on the topic
Finish shells for three off-case positions
Class 5 — Discuss 1AR answers to off-case positions, how to respond
Homework: Work on 1ARs against off-case positions
Class 6 — 2NR answers to 1AR positions
Homework: Finish 2NR Answers
Class 7–  Practice debate and feedback
Homework: Prepare speech redos
Class 8 — Speech redos and topic specific theory controversies
Homework: Prepare topic specific theory briefs and review other theory
Class 9 — Theory debate practice
Homework: General prep
Class 10 — Major counterplans on the topic.  Discussion and review
Homework — 1AR & 2AR vs. major counterplans
Class 11 — Major kritiks on the topic. Discussion and review
Homework — 1AR & 2AR vs. major kritiks
Class 12 –How to win debates on turns, practice and execution
Homework — Prep different turns
Class 13 — Practice debate
Class 14 — Practice debate
Class 15 — Final and review


The purpose of this class is to teach students the very basics of Lincoln Douglas debate.

Class 1 –Introduction to Competitive Debate

A. Generally, what is it?
B. Why is it valuable/what you will learn
C. Debate in the World
(1) China/East Asia
(2) The US
D. Debate tournaments
E. Intro to basic argumentation Homework: Read an Intro to L-D debate article

Class 2 – Introduction to LD Debate and Case Construction

A. The basics of argumentation
B. The basics of LD Debate
C. Case Construction – How to and samples
D. Working on case outline with sample topic that is easy for students Homework: Read a sample article about the topic

Class 3 – Case Construction and Card cutting

A. Work an outline for a case based on what students read in the article
B. Discuss how to cut cards and find actual cards in the article
C. Find more cards and put them into the case
D. Provide two more articles for students, work with them to find articles
Homework: Finish constructive cases

Class 4: Cases

A. Review constructive speeches
B. Intro to public speaking basics
C. Applying public speaking basics to constructive speeches
D. Practicing the speeches

Class 5: Cross-x/Research

A. Intro to cross-x
B. Practice cross-x
C. Intro to basic research (using Chinese search engine) and Google (where relevant)
Homework: Find three relevant articles, with a focus on the Negative side of the debate

Class 6 : 1NC

A. Types of off-case arguments
B. Organizing the 1NC — off case and on case
C. Practice crossfire (review crossfire skills)
D. Very basic flowing skills
Homework: Finish case arguments

Class 7: The Attack

A. Introduction to Rebutting arguments
B. Identifying weaknesses in the structure of arguments.
C. Understanding and identifying the different types of logic and reasoning (ie. inductive, deductive)
D. Intro to logical fallacies
E. What logical fallacies people can make when creating arguments Homework: Identify logical fallacies in research

Class 8: The Rebuttal — 1AR

A. Types of Rebuttal arguments – offensive/defensive
B. Introduction to turns and disadvantages
C. How to organize the Rebuttal
D. Answers to briefs
E. Review of arguments from 1NC
Homework: Write answers to 1NC arguments

Class 9: More ways to Rebut

A. Evaluating quality of evidence including relevance, bias, recency, accuracy, applicability
B. Learning how to integrate research, facts, and data into arguments
C. More advanced research skills and card cutting

Homework: Write a rebuttal brief to 1NC arguments

Class 10: Rebuttals in Practice

Practice rebuttals

Class 11: Flowing arguments

A. Comprehensive flowing discussion
B. Practice Flowing

Class 12: The 2NR

A. Intro to the 2NR
B. Writing argument summaries, responding to the 1AR, Weighing

Class 13: The 2AR

A. Intro to the 2NR
B. Writing argument summaries, responding to the 1AR, Weighing

Class 14: Review and practice debate

Class 15: Practice debate

Class 16: Practice debate, class conclusion