Issue Briefing - To be completed by your team before our group issue briefing. The first step to help you organize your initial research and prepare a topic overview. Please make your own copy.
Core Arguments Period 7 and Period 8: A common class doc with all our topics and affirmative/negative arguments listed. This provides your team with full disclosure for all the augments that you should prep for. Please use appropriate copy for your class period.
Evidence Card Template - A template to organize your research into evidence cards. Complete one for each quotation you are using. When presented during a debate topic, your evidence should include a source, direct quotation, and your own analysis. Your evidence cards forms the foundation for your debate speeches.
Sample Evidence Cards - A sample aff and neg evidence card with quotations, source information and analysis. We recommend that you number your cards and keep them all within one doc for aff and one for neg. You may also print these and hand write them.
Ms. Benz's Core Research Files
Period 7: The U.S. Federal Government should ban all forms of genetic designing of children
Samples of Sources
Period 8: The U.S. Federal Government should legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill
Evidence will make up a large component of your constructed speeches - along with your analysis of the evidence and how it connects to the resolution. The more evidence you have, the more competitive you become. If you only use the sample files, your opponent will have the same arguments as you do - and will know in advance how to argue against you. Keep in mind that all your evidence must be collected BEFORE the debate. Looking for information during a debate is considered unethical and will disqualify your team.
During the debate round, you will only have a couple of minutes to prep. Therefore, before you begin the debate, you should have all the evidence cards organized and should know which ones support what arguments. In order to make debating easier - we “cut cards” or only use the information from our source that applies to an argument.
“New school” Card Cutting
Use the Google docs evidence card template to copy and paste your evidence. Make sure to follow directions so that you include all the information. When using these files - please make a copy of the doc - otherwise you are sharing your evidence with your opponents :(
All Evidence cards should include:
A “Tag”: What argument is the evidence supporting? This is very brief - usually a sentence
Source: Who is the author? What are their credentials? Where was it published? When was it published?
The direct quotation: Only include the evidence that you would need to support the argument within your tag. Just copy and paste it from the article.
Your analytics: What does the evidence mean? How does it connect to your argument? Here you write the information in your own words - remember in order to explain it you need to understand the evidence
Cutting Your Own Evidence Cards
Starting with the sources provided above, start cutting your evidence cards by:
Period 7: Designer Babies
Period 8: Assisted Suicide