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LD Debate Handbook

LD Debate Handbook



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A guide to Lincoln-Douglas (L-D) debate.
A guide to Lincoln-Douglas (L-D) debate.

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Published by: DoomBW on May 31, 2007
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The Ultimate Lincoln-Douglas Debate HandbookThird Edition
(Last Updated: July 31, 2003)
 By Marko Djuranovic
The Ultimate Lincoln-Douglas Debate Handbook 
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Table of Contents
Introduction - Why I wrote this book (and why you should read it)
Chapter One
L-D Debate: History and Overview
 Basic Structure
Policy vs. Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Chapter Two
Research: Topic Analysis
Four Types of Resolutions, Definitions, The Underlying Puzzle
Chapter Three
Research: Gathering Information
Your Opinion, Keyword List, Background News Stories, Books, Articles in Scholarly Journals, The World Wide Web
Chapter Four
Research: The Argument Sheet File
 Reading Tips, Creating the Argument Sheet File, Adding to the Argument Sheet File
Chapter Five
Before the Round: Writing your Cases
 Introduction to the Value Premise and Criterion,Finding a Value Premise, Finding a Value Criterion, Building Your Contentions, Opening Quote, Definitions,Observations, Putting Your Case Together 
Chapter Six
Before the Round: Preparing for the Tournament
 Rebuttal Preparation, Practice Rounds, Speaking, Flowing
Chapter Seven
During the Round: Debating
 Affirmative Constructive, Cross Examination, Preparation Time, Negative Constructive, 1
Affirmative Rebuttal, Negative Rebuttal,2
Affirmative Rebuttal
Chapter Eight
During the Round: Specific Strategies
Philosophy in L-D Debate, Evidence in L-D Debate, Delivery Speed and Word Economy, Balanced Negatives,
Team Cases
 Judge Adaptation
After the Tournament
Appendix – Past Resolutions Organized by Structure Type
This handbook is copyrighted material.Please make no alterations to the text without the author’s express permission.Copyright © 2003, Marko Djuranovic.
The Ultimate Lincoln-Douglas Debate Handbook 
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Lincoln-Douglas debate is a high school activity like no other.The skills it can teach you will be useful in any path of life you choose to take. Communication,presentation ability, research experience and the knack for analyzing an argument are characteristicsfound in great doctors, lawyers, businessmen, teachers, engineers, writers and scores of otherprofessions. The reason why debate probably looks better on a college transcript than any other activityis that it aims to teach you skills that have undisputable value in the modern society. Greatcommunicators with a keen analytical capability are always of use.But there is a flip side to this coin. Lincoln-Douglas debate is a tough form of debate to master.Learning all these skills isn’t easy and can often be overwhelming. To truly excel in debate requires atime commitment equivalent to lettering in a varsity sport. If you expect to gain the aforementionedskills from being a debater you should be prepared to invest some time and energy into the activity.You’ll have to do research on your own, spar with your classmates in practice rounds and re-examineyour ideas on a regular basis. As much as this is a cliché, it is true – debate is an activity that rewardsyou based upon how much you put into it.Deep inside, you probably know this already. You would not expect to become a standoutquarterback by skipping practice and only playing on Friday nights. It’s the same with debate – if youwant to be able to demonstrate to your teachers, friends, parents, and college admission committees thatyou actually learned something while participating in high school debate, you’ll have to put someserious work into becoming a good debater. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. If anything,debate tournaments are more fun when you see yourself winning and learning at the same time. Andthat’s why I wrote this handbook – to show you how to maximize the overall value of your debateexperience and help you become not just a formidable Lincoln-Douglas debater but a keener observerand better researcher. I focus heavily on teaching you the underlying fundamentals of successfulargumentation: preparation through research. This handbook will first teach you how to properlyconduct research and then show you how to apply the information you find to Lincoln-Douglas debate.In the process, you will pick up skills that will be useful to you far beyond the weekend tournaments.Coaches should know that I wrote this book to aid debaters of all levels, from novices to TOCqualifiers. If you are a beginner this book shows you how to start off on the right foot. If you are a

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