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

Rebut your opponents speech. CROSSFIRE CLASH BRING UP VAILD ARUGUMENTS.

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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