All classes are scheduled for Monday from 6:30 to 9:00 at Saint Thomas Academy.
Jan 25: Introduction - Defense against the dark arts
The basics of nat circuit debate. Terms, resources and strategies to make your first nat circuit tournament less painful.
Feb 8: Policy Day 1 - Plans, Fiat, Turns/Weighing
How plans are constructed and refuted, discussion of fiat in LD and its abuses, strategic and substantive discussion of impact/link turns, weighing.
Feb 22: Policy Day 2 - DAs
Structure of brink DA, answering brink DA, structure of linear DA, answering linear DA, types of DAs (politics, econ, etc) and/or impact scenarios (nuke war, econ collapse, global climate change etc).
March 7: Policy Day 3 - CPs & Perms
Structure of CPs, different types of CPs, status of CPs, answering CPs (focusing most time on perms).
March 21: Procedurals Day 1 - Theory
Theory paradigm topics (CI/reasonability, drop debater/argument, RVIs - although RVIs won't make sense till we get to A2 theory), more on theory shell substance and common theory topics, strategies for engaging theory. Maybe touch on meta theory very briefly.
April 4: Procedurals Day 2 - Topicality
Contrast with theory, semantic v pragmatic, answering T (with discussion of reasonability thresholds), extra-topicality, and effects topicality.
April 18: Kritiks Day 1 - Intro to Ks
More discussion of structural elements, going through part by part with ways to answer (building on perms discussion), intro to some lit examples. Integrating K lit into traditional rounds.
May 2: Kritiks Day 2 - K Mechanics
Intro to discourse & representations, expand on substantive vs performance Ks, how to debate K framework, arguments for non-topical affs, answering non-topical positions.
May 16: Tricks
Triggers, spikes, impact calculus argument exclusion, and strategic use of theory. Intro to the Torson K as an easy answer. Possibly theory and meta theory options vs abusive debaters.
May 31: Improving Your Debating
How to debate framework well (preclusion, hijacking justifications, etc). Constructing positional cases.