2021 Winter Workshop

Information

We will be offering one-hour classes throughout the day, and students can pick and choose which ones they’d like to take in order to explore topics that interest them or fill in gaps in their knowledge. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes will all be offered and taught in order to accommodate all skill levels.

The workshop will be held on Monday, December 20, and Tuesday, December 21 from 9am to 3pm, and is open to students in grades 5 through 8.

$75  for one day, $125 for two days

Tentative Schedule


Check out our elective selections!


Beginner

How to Build an Argument
An overview of basic argument structure (claim, warrant, impact) as well as practice building arguments and link chains.
Recommended for new debaters. 

Public Speaking
A compendium of tips and tricks to make students more confident, clear speakers that incorporates fun drills and activities to reinforce the content. 
Recommended for learners interested in both speech and debate

Intro to Spontaneous Speech
An introduction to impromptu and extemporaneous speech with drills to help students organize an impromptu speech and practice speaking off of the top of their heads.
Recommended for speech and debate students alike.

Intro to Interps
A presentation of humorous, dramatic, and duo interpretation speech — similar to acting! — with activities on inflection and hand gestures to get students more comfortable with public speaking. Recommended for new speech students and those who are interested in acting.

Intro to Original Speech Events
An introduction to original oratory, original poetry, and original prose. Students will learn about the process of writing these speeches and get some practice writing their own. Recommended for new speech students.

Survey of Competitive Debate Events
A survey of Public Forum, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas debate so that students can familiarize themselves with each type of debate and eventually choose the one that they enjoy most. Recommended for new debaters.


Intermediate

Research Strategies
A lesson on effective research strategies that can be used for all debate events and some speech events (extemporaneous and original). Recommended for all debaters and students interested in the specified speech events.

Responding to Arguments: Refutations
A lesson on the different types of responses in debate and how to deliver them. Also includes tips on coming up with analytical responses. Recommended for all debaters.

Crossfire and Cross-Examination
A lesson on the periods in between speeches where debaters ask each other questions. Includes tips on brainstorming questions, sounding confident even when you don’t know the answer to something, and maintaining perceptual dominance. Recommended for students interested in Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas (Parliamentary debate does not have cross).

Weighing
A lesson on how to compare the impacts of various arguments, including magnitude, probability, and timeframe. Recommended for all debaters

Case Construction
A lesson on a more complex argument structure: advantage/uniqueness-link -impact structure. This aims to prepare students for writing full cases. Recommended for all debaters.

Flowing
“Flowing” is how we take notes in debate to keep track of all the arguments in a round. Students will learn and practice how to flow efficiently. Recommended for all debaters.

Research Strategies
A lesson on effective research strategies that can be used for all debate events and some speech events (extemporaneous and original). Recommended for all debaters and students interested in the specified speech events.

Responding to Arguments: Refutations
A lesson on the different types of responses in debate and how to deliver them. Also includes tips on coming up with analytical responses. Recommended for all debaters.

Crossfire and Cross-Examination
A lesson on the periods in between speeches where debaters ask each other questions. Includes tips on brainstorming questions, sounding confident even when you don’t know the answer to something, and maintaining perceptual dominance. Recommended for students interested in Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas (Parliamentary debate does not have cross).

Prep Time Management (Parli)
A lecture aimed at helping debaters efficiently manage the 20 minutes of prep time in Parliamentary debate – writing fleshed out cases against unfamiliar topics, effectively communicating with their partner, and preparing responses.  Recommended for debaters interested in Parliamentary debate and familiar with basic case construction.

Counterplans (Parli)
An introduction to an argument unique to Parliamentary debate as well as how to respond to it. Counterplans allow the negative to compete with the affirmative plan and give the judge another reason to vote for them. Recommended for students interested in and familiar with the basics of Parliamentary debate.


Advanced

Intro to Economics in Debate
An introduction to fundamental economic concepts and the common arguments surrounding them that appear in debate.

Intro to International Affairs
An introduction to the different ways of looking at state action and motivations as well as discussing a couple important regions of the world and major updates in those areas

Theory
An overview of how to understand, use, and refute theory, an argument used in advanced debate to call out “unfair” arguments run by your opponents. Theory is mainly used in Parliamentary debate, but is useful to know about for all debate events. Recommended for students interested in more unique and technical types of arguments.

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