Lincoln - Douglas Debate
Lincoln - Douglas Debate
HistoryAbraham LincolnVsStephen DouglasTopic:SlaveryDouglas: Citizens should decide for themselves Honest Abe: Slavery was morally wrong
Proposing a resolutionStatement that either asserts or conflicts between two competing courses of actionResolution: Is the death penalty justified?
Affirmative: The United States should continue to institute the death penaltyNegative: The United States should abolish the death penalty
Constructing a resolution...Policy (CX) Debate ResolutionThe United States federal government should establish a foreign policy significantly limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction.The federal government should establish a policy to significantly decrease juvenile crime in the US.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate ResolutionThe possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.Violent juvenile offenders ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.Parts of the DebateValue Premise The value premise is intended to be a non-biased statement, which the arguments within the affirmative or negative constructive should support.THE GOAL
CriterionWeighs both sides of the argumentIs used to define the Value Premise
ClaimThe statement of the argument you are makingEx: If a college basketball team plays defense they will be more susceptible to winning the NCAA tournament. If that team blocks shots, plays the passing lane and causes more turnovers and out rebounds the opponent they will win the championship.Debate Schedule:First Affirmative Constructive (1AC)Cross-examination of First Affirmative by Second NegativeFirst Negative Constructive (1NC)Cross-examination of First Negative by First AffirmativeSecond Affirmative Constructive (2AC)Second Negative Constructive (2NC)First Negative Rebuttal (1NR)First Affirmative Rebuttal (1AR)Second Negative Rebuttal (2NR)Second Negative Rebuttal (2AR)
Time (minutes)AbbreviationSpeechDescription6ACAffirmative ConstructiveThe Affirmative reads a pre-written case.3CXCross ExaminationThe Negative asks the Affirmative questions about the Affirmative case.7NC (1NR)Negative Constructive (and first negative Rebuttal)The Negative (almost always) reads a pre-written case and (almost always) moves on to address the Affirmative's case.3CXCross ExaminationThe Affirmative asks the Negative questions.41ARFirst Affirmative RebuttalThe Affirmative addresses both his/her opponent's case and his/her own. This speech is considered by many debaters to be the most difficult.6NR (2NR)The Negative RebuttalThe Negative addresses the arguments of the previous speech and summarizes the round for the judge.32ARThe Second Affirmative RebuttalThe Affirmative addresses the arguments of the previous speech and summarizes the round for the judge.
Criteria for JudgmentMatterConvincing logical argumentsClear examples, stats, analogies MannerEngage the audienceSpeaker Etiquette PitchEye ContactVariationMethodMost time for key issuesConsistency of arguments
Affirmative Constructive (1AC)Kickoff100% Prepared speechOutlines the Affirmative ClaimPoint by PointIssueAdvantages SolvencyDefine both sides of argumentSummarize
Cross Examination by the NegativeNegatives opportunity to pose questions to the affirmativeCross examiner must take notes from the 1AC, formulate quick questions, then pose those questions to the 1AC
Negative Constructive (1NC):Three ways to attack:Attack the affirmative claim first, then read your prepared speechWithin your prepared speech relate the affirmative points and attack them within your own speechRead your prepared speech, then attack the affirmative claims A speech should be written so that it is shorter than the time given, so you can attack the affirmative claims Summarize
Cross Examination by the AffirmativeAffirmative's opportunity to pose questions to the negativeCross examiner must take notes from the 1NC, formulate quick questions, then pose those questions to the 1NC
Second Affirmative Constructive (2AC)Present RebuttalRestate argumentsSummarize your point
(2NC) Negative Constructive:Present RebuttalRestate argumentsSummarize
First Negative Rebuttal Speech geared towards proving the affirmative points wrong Facts negating affirmative pointsRestating why the negative is the correct way to votethe Rebuttal by a first negative should be brief enough to allow the negative to develop their own case fully
First Affirmative Rebuttal Speech geared towards proving the negative points wrong Facts addressing the negative pointsRestating why the affirmative is the correct way to vote