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Guidelines for Debate

Debate doesn’t have very many rules, but these Guidelines for Debate shows the way that middle school students in the MNUDL should approach debate.

*All links/info have been updated for the 2017 – 2018 season as of 11/2

Speaker Point Rubric

In a debate round, judges will score each debater individually on their presentation, quality of arguments, responsiveness to their opponents’ arguments, and use of evidence. This is the rubric that judges will use to assign those scores.

You can use the rubric to get a sense of which division is appropriate for a students. Debaters who are getting mostly 1’s should be in the Rookie Division. Students receiving mostly 1’s and 2’s should be in the Novice Division. Students who are receiving mostly 2’s and 3’s should be in the JV Division. Students who are receiving mostly 3’s and 4’s should be in the Varsity Division.

Guide to the Evidence Packets

This Guide to the Evidence Packets will walk you through the theory of each type of argument in the packet and explain how each specific argument is structured. This document is for coaches to use as a reference, but it’s written at a level where students should be able to use it if they need.

Argument Limits

This Argument Limits Document outlines which arguments will be allowed in which divisions, and contains a link for each type of argument to the relevant portion of the Guide to the Evidence Packet. Both coaches and students are responsible for knowing which arguments are allowed in their division.

Additional Curriculum Materials