ndf 2019 β€” lecture assignments

We cannot wait until this summer! More than 600 students have registered for the National Debate Forum public forum sessions and registration isn’t even closed!

Most instructors will give 4 lectures during the two weeks at each NDF session. You will be paired up with another staff member for each lecture and we strive that you never have more than 1 lecture in a single day. Lectures are approximately one hour long and typically require an activity.

We have once again decreased the amount of lectures to provide more lab time. We have moved some lectures into lab time to help facilitate better learning experiences for students. We ask that almost every lecture involve a drill or something portable that students can take with them and do in their next lab session.

We are continuing our small lecture group model that we used last year. Since every level is large, we will have several Forum Rebuttal Lectures going on at the same time. We learned some things from this process last year and are working to better streamline these experiences for all students.

Final note about lectures --

- No one should think they are over- or under-qualified for any level of lecture, and I would actively encourage signing up for lectures across all four levels. To clarify our tiers for those who are new to NDF - this is a very unofficial guide:

-----Apex - Top 8% of teams at the camp. These kids either competed and did well at the TOC last year and had consistent success on the national circuit.

-----Summit - Top 25% of the camp. These kids typically range from 1 bid round to qualified to the TOC and 2-5/1-6 at TOC. We expect this level to fully qualify for TOC in 2019.

-----Forum - This is where half of the camp is placed. Most of these students are rising sophomores or juniors - they are transitioning from local circuit to national circuit. Mostly foundational concepts are taught here.

-----Symposium - These students are middle school debaters typically. They are just as good as Forum debaters - but are separated because of age. Their curriculum will be very close to what is taught in the Forum level.

The best teachers can teach skills at any level. Being flexible, adaptable, and willing to work as part of the team are the qualities we value in our instructors.

please complete the form below - you should choose at least four different lectures within at least three different levels.

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Are you interested in giving a Topic Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
Self explanatory. A good balance of background and topic strategies should be discussed in this lecture.
Are you interested in giving a Casing Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This lecture will focus on how writing/building/researching a case can provide multiple avenues to the ballot from the very beginning of the debate. Lecturers should also focus on first crossfire strategy.
Are you interested in giving a Rebuttal Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This lecture will focus on how to create the best rebuttals and different strategies that are used in rebuttals (address 2nd rebuttal defense of case). This also should cover the second crossfire. Note: In Apex, his lecture will only be given to second speakers and will focus ONLY on the growing trend/requirement by judges for the second rebuttal to rebuild.
Are you interested in giving a Summary Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This lecture will teach all students what the summary speaker actually needs to be doing in their two minute speech. This will also cover the grand crossfire. Note: In Apex, this lecture will only be given to 1st speakers will focus ONLY on the methods (line by line vs voters) and when it is more advantageous.
Are you interested in giving a Final Focus Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This lecture will teach students how to finish debates and how to salvage debates when you know you're behind.
Are you interested in giving a Second Half Strategy Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This lecture should focus on summary and final focus speeches. It should also incorporate good grand cx strategies.
Are you interested in giving a Weighing (& Framing) Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This lecture looks at different ways to weigh in the debate but also how to weigh most effectively at this level.
Are you interested in giving a Judge Adaptation Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
Beyond how to win lay judges, this lecture requires students to learn how to win any ballots - think like a judge.
Are you interested in giving a Kritiks Lecture?
This will go in depth on the structure of a K, answering it, and also how it plays in a PF round. Analyzing specific criticisms should be a key aspect of this lecture.
Are you interested in giving a Theory Lecture?
This will go in depth on different theoretical arguments (paraphrasing, disclosure, etc) and how to do debate theory the right way.
Are you interested in giving an Answering Theory & Kritiks Lecture and if so, what level(s)?
This discussion should teach students about alternative positions that we have seen in Public Forum - how to run them but also how to answer them.
Are you interested in giving a Research Lecture?
This Apex specific lecture will be an analysis of the disclosed cases from 2018-2019 and how students should cut cards. An examination of paraphrasing - a how to, and dangers of paraphrasing. Note: All levels will be required to give a lecture about research and evidence ethics IN LAB. This is not that lecture but more a conversation about paraphrasing + cutting cards + what we have seen at TOC, etc.
Are you interested in giving a Crossfire lecture?
Crossfire - This discussion should teach students the tactics good debaters use in crossfire but also to bad habits to avoid. Note: All labs will be required to give a Crossfire lecture IN LAB - only Symposium will have a formalized lecture.