Posts filed under: Debate For All

Debate for All: Intro to PICs (Tess Welch)

What is a PIC? How is a PIC different than a regular Counterplan?

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Debate for All: How to Practice Theory

How does one improve at theory? Read this advice and comment below on your own techniques!

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Defining and Debating A Prioris (Noah Simon)

“What is an a priori anyway?” Noah Simon asks and answers the basic definitional question while presenting a nuanced distinction between two types of a prioris. His distinction provides insight into how debaters and theorists should approach a prioris moving forward.

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Tips for Independent Debaters

Debating without strong team, school, and/or administrative support is often a huge hindrance to success. Furthermore, working to satisfy the requirements of schools administrators, tournament directors, and parents without such support can be extremely difficult. For those organizing their own […]

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Throwing the Perfect Spiral

Effective Communication in Debate Rounds by Adam Tomasi Introduction Debate is, at its core, a communicative activity. As such, debaters should understand what it takes to be an effective communicator. Consider the following analogy for effective communication: Suppose you’re passing a […]

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Debate for All: How to Google

Learn how to maximize your research efficiency while finding just the argument you need with search operators.

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Debate for All: How to Overview and 5 Reasons You Should

In every writing class or public speaking class, students learn to provide introductory statements that lay out their thesis and the organization of their main points. This is not just for convention’s sake. It’s important to prepare the audience and let them know where you’re headed so they see that your body of evidence proves a larger argument. So why don’t more debaters give good overviews?

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Debate for All: Running an Efficient Practice

Not everyone has the personnel and the coaching to have the “ideal” practice, but hopefully this framework can be useful even on a small scale of just two LDers in a room with three hours on their hands.

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Debate for All – RVI

Concept Sometimes you’ll hear a suspicious-sounding word in Scrabble where you’re not quite sure if it’s a real word. You can initiate a “challenge,” which is more or less an accusation that your opponent has cheated by using a word […]

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