2014 APRIL PUBLIC FORUM TOPIC
The TOPIC AREA for April is "South Asia."
Based on a nationwide vote, the April 2014 Public Forum topic is,
Resolved:Prioritizing economic development over environmental protection is in the best interest of the people of India.
A total of 298 schools and 193 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 60% of the school vote and 66% percent of the student vote.
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.
Homework for BOTH classes:
Debate: prepare for April tournament
Editorial Commentary : Prepare a speech exactly between 1:45 and 2:00 minutes.
Expository / Humorous : Prepare a 7 minute selection. For expository, you do not have to complete your visual aids.
We talked about direct refutation in class this week. Next week we will talk about other forms of refutation including attacking a premise and impact.
For homework, look at the videos on OutSpeak Debate, Youtube.
Please write at least 1 comment on one of the videos and make sure to sign it with your name if your account name does not include your first and last name.
Everyone should watch the March topic analysis, the response and the argument recipe video 'Justice and the veil of ignorance'.
Find one economic and one environmental policy that is currently in place in India. For each policy, think of one benefit and one drawback to implementing that policy. Remember to keep in mind that the topic focuses on the PEOPLE of India, not the economy or the environment. Also, think about what makes India unique; ask yourself, why was India chosen for this topic?