Public Forum Debate
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Public Forum Debate is a two versus two delve into a policy issue. In this debate, the two teams discuss an issue from both sides. In this debate, the speakers are compelled to present their arguments in a way that is able to be understood by the 'lay' or non-debate judge.
- 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.
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.
Important Debate Terms to Know - This handout is a solid first look at what some of these things mean.
Debate Clash Chart - A simple graphic organizer so that students can begin seeing how clash should be presented in round.
Impact Analysis Chart - A basic chart designed to help students figure out how to weigh impacts in the round.
PF is made up of 8 total speeches and 3 crossfires, or cross examination periods. This means that each teammate speaks twice, once for 4 minutes, and once for 2 minutes, making them responsible for a little over 6 minutes worth of content. Each speaker should also be ready to ask questions to help further their cause, and be knowledgeable enough to answer questions in a reasonable manner.