San Jose tournament topic
Public Forum Debate is: Resolved: The benefits of military conscription outweigh the harms.
Individual event rule
Editorial commentary: a scripted speech which is intended to be an analysis of a news event rather that a running
synopsis of news. Speakers will read the manuscript from a seated position. Speeches should be on a current news
issue, rather than just a generalized opinion. The script should be timed to end between 1:45 and 2:00. Any speaker
ending before 1:45 or after 2:00 shall be ranked at least one placement lower at judge discretion.
Expository: a speech that is designed to be informative in nature. Visual aids and note cards are permitted, but are
not required. Time: eight minutes (8) maximum, with thirty seconds (30) grace.
Dramatic interp:one or more cuttings from a published play, prose, poetry, tv, or radio script, which is serious in
nature. Time: ten minutes maximum with no grace period.
Dual interp: a cutting from a published play, prose, poetry, tv or radio script, which may be either humorous or
serious in nature. The selection must be memorized but given without props or costumes. Time: ten minutes (10)
maximum with no grace period.
Oratory: an original speech designed to persuade—that is, to change or reinforce an existing belief, to eulogize,
to cause agreement with speaker’s position, or to motivate to action. Time: ten minutes (10) maximum, with no
Extemporaneous: thirty minutes before speaking time, each speaker will select a topic from a choice of four.
Questions will be based on current events of the last three months. Speaker will be expected to organize and
analyze material relevant to the subject area and answer the chosen question. One note card for novices only is
permitted. Time: seven minutes (7) maximum, with thirty seconds (30) grace. Judges must give time signals.
Impromptu: student will enter the room and be given a choice of three topics. The student will choose a topic and
have six minutes to prepare and speak on the chosen topic. Time may be used in any manner the speaker chooses
(example-2 minutes prep and 4 speaking or 4 minutes prep and 2 minutes speaking). Time: six minutes (6)
maximum, with thirty seconds (30) grace. Judges must give time signals.
Humorous interp: one or more cuttings from a published play, prose, poetry, tv, or radio script, which is
humorous in nature. The presentation is memorized. Time: ten minutes with no grace.
Interpretive reading: at least one cutting of prose and one cutting of poetry linked thematically. A balance
between the two is to be rewarded! We will follow wsfa rules. Time: eight minutes maximum with thirty seconds
Spontaneous Argumentation (also known as SPAR): A brief, ten-minute debate performed without advanced preparation on a subject of interest. At this tournament, the format will be as follows: The affirmative will be given two topics. At the end of a one minute preparation period, the affirmative will begin to debate on one of the two topics. The affirmative is allotted a two minute constructive speech followed by a one minute cross-examination. The negative will then have one minute to prepare a two minute constructive speech which will be followed by a one minute cross examination. Both speakers will then be allowed one minute for rebuttal without preparation time.
Storytelling is 6 minutes, like Impromptu - given topics (usually 2 or 3), they choose and prep and tell their story! There is no minimum time for this.
Work with your partner to create both a Pro and a Con case for the topic Resolved: Teachers in US public schools should be allowed to be armed in the classroom.
You should have three arguments (each with 2 supporting pieces of evidence) for each side.
Your partners are:
Kevin & Jen
Chris & Jennifer
Jay P. & Alicia
Youngbin & Jayden
Andrew & Clive
Daniel & Ian
Tony & Marina
Walt & Jay
Figure out who is supposed to be a lawyer and who is supposed to be a witness. Witnesses need to MEMORIZE their cases.
Notice there are 6 witnesses, for the sake of time we will ignore and take out Peter and Tom from the witness roles.
Lawyers must prepare all their chief examination questions for both the crown and defense- thus 4 lawyers, 4 witnesses= 4 chief examinations=1 lawyer 1 chief examination
The NEW Mock Trial Case is here
Watch the following mock trial:
Mock Trial Notes by Alex here. Memorize the terms in that package.
Your homework for April 26th is as follows..
1) Continue to be informed about current events this week to be prepared.
2) Watch the following three BP debates and appreciate the range of speaking styles as well as argument formations. Many arguments are more complex than you are use to but please take a few notes on each video for discussion in class. I recommend being able to commit to each video without pauses (each is roughly an hour or less).
The first video is simply a great example of high quality BP.
The second video is an ideal example of how to be PM with perfect confidence. The whole debate is rather good, especially the POIs.
To contrast an excellent OG, the final video is a great example of how to win as CG even if you have a very strange and problematic model/PM speech.
You will probably recognize the CG team.
If we did BP REVIEW:
Your homework is to make sure you review BP fully. Understand what THBT, THW, THS means. You will be quizzed on this next time.
If we did stuff about the April 26 Tournament:
Finish your cases if you are competing.
If not, make three arguments for pro and con each. For the best argument on each side, extend two impacts. Finally, for the best argument you have, write it in premise form.