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Hit the books more effectively -- and get more A's -- with these study tips.
You Will Need
- A forensic competition
- An opponent
- Extensive research
- 3-by-5 index cards
- Pens or pencils
- A legal pad
Pick affirmative or Negative side on given issue
Choose the affirmative or negative side of a given topic.
Research the topic and prep resource citation cards
Research your stance. Write notes with source citations on 3-by-5 index cards, to be used as evidence during the debate.
Prepare an L-D Debate flow sheet
Use a legal pad held horizontally to create a Lincoln-Douglas Debate flow sheet. Divide the page or pages into seven sections, one for each round of the debate.
Affirmative states resolution with evidence
State your position clearly and support it with three or more facts during the opening round if you're affirmative.
Negative cross-examines opponent
Aim your questions at your opponent's opening statement with a strategy that points out flaws and negative implications of your opponent's position if you're negative.
Negative participant presents opposing statement
Present your opposing statement clearly with supporting facts during the opening round if you're negative.
Affirmative cross-examines opponent
Cross-examine the opponent's negative position if you're affirmative.
Affirmative makes rebuttal speech
Make a rebuttal speech if you're affirmative. This four-minute rebuttal round will serve to rebuild your case.
Negative makes rebuttal speech
Make your rebuttal speech if you're negative. The negative rebuttal round has a six- or seven-minute time limit.
Affirmative states final case
State your final case in a three- or four-minute rebuttal of your opponent's negative position if you're affirmative.