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Unit 2

Impact Calculus, Files, and Blocks

Unit 2 begins with debriefing T-1. Student self-reflection and teacher feedback are powerful instructional strategies. Lessons then build on those learnings to develop new skills in preparation for T-2. For novice debaters, we believe the second tournament should limit students to one case, the Aff and Neg core files provided attached to that case, and on-case arguments. This will allow students to focus clash, building well-structured, logical arguments, analyzing opposition arguments and building detailed, direct responses and counterarguments, and organizing for anticipated arguments.

The lessons in this unit will introduce your new students to:

  • setting goals based upon judge and coach feedback
  • impact calculus
  • offensive and defensive strategies
  • writing blocks
  • organizing files
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