Lincoln Douglas Debate

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Lincoln-Douglas Debate is a one on one debate in which opponents delve into a value issue.  This debate is that which is probably the most diverse among geographic lines. Some areas have begun making this a more policy-esque debate, while other areas have kept it value. 

Basic Debate Guidelines: 

  • Debate should be logical, well reasoned, and have a well thought out case.

  • Debate should stay within the specified Time Limits.

  • Debate should present two distinct sides or 'clash' on the issue.

  • Debate should be presented with clarity, forethought, and a solid understanding of language.

Key Info to Know 

The topics are worded as 'resolutions,' meaning that the debaters are solving a problem. They do this by advocating a position. 

Some Handouts for Lincoln-Douglas 

How to use each speech  - This is a handout used to help debaters know how to use the time in each of his or her speeches. 

Cross Examination - How to attack it.  - This handout is used to help students get a little more comfortable with the cross ex portion of debate. 

Some LD Terms to Know

Debate Clash Chart - A simple graphic organizer so that students can begin to visualize what clash should look like in round. 

Impact Analysis Chart - A basic chart designed to help students figure out how to weigh impacts in the round. 


Flowing - This is one of the most important aspects of debate, keeping your notes and the notes of your opponents straight can mean the difference in whether or not you win the round. We also have a What is Flowing sheet for the newbies as well.