Teaching Debate

From lesson plans and activities, to teaching strategies for the three areas of debate, Classroom Connect provides essential information on how to develop your own curriculum. Features include theory discussions as well as practical ready-made materials for a step-by-step approach to teaching debate.

Listed below are articles which may be viewed online, as well as PDF documents which can be downloaded for printing. You must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view and print PDF documents.

In addition to the materials available here, the MDTA hosts an intensive three-day New Teacher’s Workshop each August.


Classic Debate

Classic debate is designed to make competitive debate attractive to a large number of students. Teams of two students will clash over current issues. The debate season runs from October through December. During the season, students will debate two different topics. The first topic will be selected by debate teachers in August. The second topic will be chosen by participating students.

Classroom Connect Lesson Set: Classic Debate (PDF)


Public Forum Debate

Public Forum debate is designed to make competitive debate attractive to a large number of students. The season like LD and Policy runs from October to January (state tournament announcement for Public Forum from MSHSL coming by 2009).  During the season topics change monthly.  All topics are selected by the National Forensics League (NFL).

Classroom Connect Lesson Set: Public Forum Debate (PDF)


Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Lincoln-Douglas debate focuses on evaluating the value of the proposed resolution. Students debate in a one-on-one format over both political and philosophical issues of today.  The debate season runs from October to January.  During the season, students will debate up to three different topics.  All topics are selected by the National Forensics League (NFL).

NFL Introduction to Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Link to PDF)
MDTA Teaching Lincoln-Douglas Debate
(PDF)


Policy Debate

The Minnesota Debate Project (MDP) is a continuing effort by the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association to expand the role debate plays in Minnesota’s schools. We strongly support the development of both co-curricular debate programs and the implementation of debate curriculum. Because debate is ideal for implementing several of Minnesota’s High Graduation Standards, a primary focus of this project is to provide standards-related curriculum and support.

Classroom Connect Lesson Set: Policy Debate (PDF)
Graduation Standards Package: Issue Analysis (PDF)


Congressional Debate

Congressional debate focuses on teaching students the argumentation selected bills and resolutions.

Tournament Tab Sheet:  Congressional Debate
(Excel)
Tournament Critique Sheet: Congressional Debate
(Word)

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