A five to seven minute speech with 30 minutes for preparation. Contestants draw three current events topics and speak on one of them. Each round will be from a different topic area: international, domestic, and economic. Limited notes are allowed.
Each contestant is given a quotation of a general or philosophical nature. The speaker has a maximum of 7 minutes to both prepare and speak, but each student must speak for at least three minutes. Limited notes are allowed.
Two contestants will present a cutting or scene from a published play with a maximum time limit of 10 minutes. The selection may be either serious or humorous in nature, but no costumes, props, lighting, special make-up, etc. are to be used. Manuscript is required. The focus should be off-stage and the introduction should be original and involve both partners.
Each contestant will present a program of single or multiple selections of poetry. No play or prose is permitted, and the time limit is 10 minutes. The program should include an original introduction. If multiple selections are used, a unifying thematic concept should be developed which emerges in the introduction and is carried thorough any appropriate original transitions. The use of manuscript is required.
Each contestant will present a program or single selection of prose literature with a 10 minute time limit. No plays or poetry is permitted. The program should include an original, memorized introduction, and if multiple selections are used, a unifying theme must be developed in the introduction and through any appropriate transitions. The use of manuscript is required.
After Dinner Speaking
Each contestant will present an original, memorized, 10 minute speech which develops a significant serious point through the use of humor. This speech should not be a string of jokes; it should have a serious point that is carried throughout the speech in a humorous manner. Visual aids are allowed.
Informative is an original memorized speech written to inform the audience on a general topic of interest and/or usefulness. Visual aids are permitted, and the maximum time is the standard 10 minutes.
Each student presents an original, memorized speech to persuade. The speech should examine a problem of current, social significance, the cause of the problem, and personal, viable solutions to correct the problem, all within 10 minutes.
Each contestant will present an original critical analysis of any "rhetorical communication artifact" (speech, movement, advertisement, billboard, commercial, etc.) by using a published communication method. Visual aids are allowed with a maximum of 10 minutes.
RULES OF DEBATING AND JUDGING
2. Objective of the Debate
3. Before the Debate
4. During the Debate
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Policy Debate, also called CX Debate, is one of the oldest forms of competative debate in the United States. This debate is evidence based, and very technical. While it is not necessary, high school debate experience is beneficial.
A policy debate round is composed of two teams of two debaters and a judge or panel of judges. One team, the Affirmative, must support a Resolution by presenting a prepared case. The 2003-4 Policy Debate resolution is:
Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should ratify or accede to, and implement, one or more of the following:
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty The Kyoto Protocol The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions, if not ratified by the United States.The other team then presents a case against the resolution or against the affirmative case. Speeches are generally delivered very quickly with focus on argumentation.
The debate format includes four constructive speeches, in which new arguments are formulated and four rebuttal speeches which rehash and summarize the debate. There is a cross examination period in which a speaker answers questions posed by the opposing team after each constructive speech. Each debater gives a constructive speech and a rebuttal speech and controls one cross-ex. The format looks like this:
The round is recorded using a specialized form of not-taking called a "flow" which is then used by the judges to render a decision.
This is a chance for students who can not commit to the travel or time for all meetings to still be able to participate. You will bring debate to our local campus. You will debate using the same format as policy and will need to make some meetings to be able to actively debate but the commitment level is much lower. There will be three public debates a semester on various topics.
In addition to practice you will need to be available to help put up flyers and advertisement on campus. You can also stay involved with the forensics program by helping out with tournaments when they come to campus.