What Is Public Forum?

What Is Public Forum?

WHAT IS PUBLIC FORUM? PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE IS: 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 SHOW: -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 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 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 THE JUDGE: Judges evaluate teams on the quality of the

arguments actually made, not on their own personal beliefs, and not on issues they think a particular side should have covered. WHAT IM LOOKING FOR? Quality, well-explained arguments Debaters should use quoted evidence to support their claims, and well-chosen, relevant evidence

may strengthen but not replace arguments. Clear communication is a major consideration. Judges weigh arguments only to the extent that they are clearly explained, and they will discount arguments that are too fast, too garbled, or too jargon-laden to be understood by an intelligent high school student or a well-informed citizen. A team should not be penalized for failing to understand his or her opponents unclear arguments. THE COIN FLIP

The round starts with a coin toss; the winning team selects either: ! The side (pro or con) they will argue! The speaker order (begin the debate or give the last speech). 1ST & 2ND SPEECHES Intro (DEFINITIONS; EXPLAIN WHAT YOUR GOING TO

TALK ABOUT) 3-5 Main Arguments Conclusion SUMMARIES Expand on your topics


ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!!! THIS IS YOUR TIME TO GET CLARIFICATION. FINAL FOCUS During Final Focus, debaters should give a short statement on which ideas were important and why their side should win the round. Judges should not expect a debater to give a full summary of the

entire round in two minutes. Resolved: The U.S. government should not require its citizens to have health insurance. or Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. antidrug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good. or Resolved: On balance, the rise of China is beneficial to the

interests of the United States.

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