Welcome to week 16 of The Great Debate's introduction to Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate. Today is your chance to put everything you've learned into practice with a practice debate roundWe won't have a video lesson today, you're the stars of today's show.
For all the preparation of the room, some basic instructions on how to speak, how to flow, and what you are going to do in the round, look back at Week 12's lesson.
As you listen to your opponent's arguments, be sure to flow them so that you can address them using 3-point refutation. Also, look for weaknesses in their arguments you can exploit during cross-examination. Finally, think about why your value and value criterion are preferable and why that matters to the resolution.
Now comes the fun part. As homework, make a list of every argument you heard in your debate round. Go back through your flow and identify which arguments you had good responses to, which refutation you should have had, and which questions in cross-examination stumped you. For each of these things, look for supporting evidence for your position. This week is a vital week in your training to become a great debater. The more time you spend in the week after one round preparing for your next round, the more likely you are to win your rounds in the future. Each of the responses you create should be in 3-point refutation format.
Have a great week and we'll see you after Christmas!
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