Public Forum Debate- Starter Packet

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Public Forum Starter Packet SFHS Pofo Public Forum Debate Starter Packet: Made by Peter Nauka Page 1
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Public Forum Starter Packet SFHS Pofo DEFINING PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE Public Forum Debate is a team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the resolution. A central tenet of the debate is that the clash of ideas must be communicated in a manner persuasive to the non-specialist or “citizen judge”, i.e. a member of the American jury. The debate should: -display solid logic, reasoning, and analysis -utilize evidence but not be driven by it -present a clash of ideas -counter the arguments of the opponents (rebuttal) -communicate ideas with clarity, organization, eloquence, and professional decorum Public Forum is a unique debate form. While Policy Debate focuses on a plan to solve the problem(s) posed by the resolution, and Lincoln Douglas Debate focuses on the core value of the resolution, Public Forum Debate focuses on advocacy of a position derived from issues presented in the resolution, not a prescribed set of burdens. Public Forum is debated in a manner that is easy to understand and pleasurable to the non-debate oriented parent. We do not use debate language extensively and this debate focuses on both the use of knowledge coupled with evidence Page 2
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Public Forum Starter Packet SFHS Pofo PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE TIMING SCHEDULE (In the Following Order) First Speaker - Team A = 4 Minutes First Speaker - Team B = 4 Minutes Crossfire = 3 Minutes Second Speaker - Team A = 4 Minutes Second Speaker - Team B = 4 Minutes Crossfire = 3 Minutes Summary - First Speaker - Team A = 2 Minutes Summary - First Speaker - Team B = 2 Minutes Grand Crossfire = 3 Minutes Final Focus - Second Speaker - Team A = 1 Minute Final Focus - Second Speaker - Team B = 1 Minute Prep Time (per team) = 2 Minutes Team A and B are determined by a coin flip Page 3
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Public Forum Starter Packet SFHS Pofo THE COIN TOSS Prior to each round the teams will flip a coin. The team winning the coin toss may choose either: Side of Topic: Pro or Con or Order of Speaking: First or Last This choice is very strategic. Considerations may include: • Is one side of the topic more intuitively acceptable to citizen judges? • Is our team significantly stronger on one side? • Are opponents significantly stronger on one side? Should our team pre-empt them by "choosing" our opponent's best side. • Is first speaker position critical to "sell" our case by making a good first impression? • Is the final "last shot" speech critical for us to have the last word to the judge(s)?
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2011 for the course PSYC 132 taught by Professor Phillip during the Spring '11 term at Arkansas.

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