Case Template

This will be the template we use for the practices. Please fill one out and bring it with you. 

We affirm the motion:

 

Background

Caveat

Pause.

If there are not any points of clarification, we will move to the affirmitive case.

I

Claim:

Warrant:

Impact:

II

Claim:

Warrant:

Impact:

III

Claim:

Warrant:

Impact:

An example: 

We affirm the motion that we should go to Mars.

Background – The Earth is ending in 200 years so humankind must find a new home or perish.

Pause.

If there are not any points of clarification, we will move to the affirmitive case.

I

Claim: The economy will go up for us

Warrant: Because jobs will be created

Impact: Humanity will be happy if there is a good economy

II

Claim: Mars is a good source of minerals

Warrant: It is the closest planet to us

Warrant: Less dangerous than some of the other planets or asteroids

Impact: Earth is running out of minerals, so this will help

Impact: The Earth is hurt when we mine for minerals, so now less damage to it

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This example is incomplete, but shows that you can have more than one warrant and impact in each argument. There cannot be more than one claim, though.

The warrant is why the claim is true, whereas the impact is why the warrant matters. Generally the claim and warrant are expressed more easily, so try to make sure your impact makes sense.

The background and caveat should only be about a minute in length.

11/10 Meeting Notes

Here is a visual representation of how a debate runs:

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Each section’s time is 8 minutes, +/- 30 seconds.

A caviatt is a predetermined fact.

If an argument is ignored in the opposition’s response, the government can use the argument that it wasn’t talked about, so the opposition must agree.

When listening to the opponent’s response or argument, it is best to take quick notes on what they’re saying so that you can form an adequate thought process.

Try to use abbreviations to write faster. It is especially important to get the main points written down so you can debate them.