Homework

After-School Debate Classes

About Assigned Homework

Students enrolled in the Bluegrass Debate Coalition After School Debate Program are encouraged to utilize additional assigned materials to supplement their learning. Teachers in our program may recommend a variety of different out of class work, including reading articles and papers, engaging in research, watching video content, and more. The goal of all assigned homework is to further advance students skills in critical thinking, argumentation, researching, writing, and communication. 

About Assigned Homework

Students enrolled in the Bluegrass Debate Coalition After School Debate Program are encouraged to utilize additional assigned materials to supplement their learning. Teachers in our program may recommend a variety of different out of class work, including reading articles and papers, engaging in research, watching video content, and more. The goal of all assigned homework is to further advance students skills in critical thinking, argumentation, researching, writing, and communication. 

Elementary School

HW: Week #1 (MON Class)

Nothing has been assigned (as of yet).

HW: Week #1 (FRI Class)

Nothing has been assigned (as of yet).

[BEG] Homework (MON-4pm): Week #3
Due on Monday, October 11th

1.) Research: Let's be sure to get caught up with the videos/articles. Also, see if you can get your facts to 10 for each side? 10 for PRO and 10 for CON. If that sounds like too many -- that's okay, just try your best to have several on each side.
2.) Writing: We are not writing a full speech, okay? We want to have our T-chart written neatly and we should practice speaking our ideas as part of a speech (see attachment for instructions). This is much more of a speaking assignment than a writing assignment.
3.) Speaking: Please practice your speech 2 or 3 times before FRI. Maybe your mom has time to hear you? Maybe your doggie or cat? Also, please practice speaking your "crossfires" (that's what we call our arguing with questions back and forth).
[OPTIONAL] Amy Cuddy's TED Talk About "Power Posing" and "Reducing Anxiety." Video Link: https://www.ted.com/speakers/amy_cuddy

[BEG] Homework (FRI-4pm): Week #3
Due on Friday, October 15th

1.) Research: Let's be sure to get caught up with the videos/articles. Also, see if you can get your facts to 10 for each side? 10 for PRO and 10 for CON. If that sounds like too many -- that's okay, just try your best to have several on each side.
2.) Writing: We are not writing a full speech, okay? We want to have our T-chart written neatly and we should practice speaking our ideas as part of a speech (see attachment for instructions). This is much more of a speaking assignment than a writing assignment.
3.) Speaking: Please practice your speech 2 or 3 times before FRI. Maybe your mom has time to hear you? Maybe your doggie or cat? Also, please practice speaking your "crossfires" (that's what we call our arguing with questions back and forth).
[OPTIONAL] Amy Cuddy's TED Talk About "Power Posing" and "Reducing Anxiety." Video Link: https://www.ted.com/speakers/amy_cuddy

Middle School

HW: Week #1 (All Beginner Classes)

1.) Required Research: Watch videos and read articles about the NATO topic (Take notes!).
Link: Required Research (PDF)
2.) Create a T-Chart with bullet points and sources (publication & date); 7-10 facts per side.
3.) Practice: Please practice speaking your facts to improve fluency and prepare for crossfires.

HW: Week #1 (All Intermediate Classes)

1.) Required Research: Watch videos and read articles about the NATO topic (Take notes!).
Link: Required Research (PDF)
2.) Create a T-Chart with bullet points and sources (publication & date); 7-10 facts per side.
3.) Practice: Please practice speaking your facts to improve fluency and prepare for crossfires.

Middle School

[BEG] Homework (MON-6pm / WED-4pm): Week #3
Due on Monday, October 11th (or Wednesday, October 13th)

1.) Research: Please research the various argument ideas using google or your library's search engine (ex. ProQuest, lexis, etc.). Not evidence -- bullet points that help prove some of the argument ideas. FInding 2-3 = minimum effort, 3-4 = excellent, all = fantastic (if you're competing!).
2.) Writing: Using the above link (and your T-chart), please write one piece of evidence for each side (1 = pro, and 1 = con) and place that evidence into the outline where it fits best.
3.) Speaking: Practice speaking your pros and cons as-if we were doing some "crossfires" the style of debating where we ask/answer questions back and forth.

[INT] Homework (TUE-6pm): Week #3
Due on Tuesday, October 12th

  • Research: Please review the "BDC Evidence Packet" and highlight the table of contests with information you think is most interesting/useful for debating the topic.
    Research (Optional): Please read the attached articles (and write one piece of evidence from each article). <-- important for tournament preparation!
  • Writing: Reformat your T-chart (or pros and cons list) with bullet points that look like mine: Tagline-Source-Link. Remember: A well-written tagline is extremely useful to advanced debaters. Goal = 7-10 taglines per side.
    Writing: Please write two 'full' pieces of evidence for each side (see attachment) and be sure that each of those pieces of evidence matches at least one of the arguments on the outline (see attachment).
    Writing (Optional): Write a 4-step refutation vs one argument per side (2-3 taglines per refutation - see form). <-- again, important for tournament preparation!
  • Speaking: Please practice speaking your evidence for fluency, taglines for crossfires, and rebuttals for proficiency (and building fluency).
    IMPORTANT: If you need the attachments -- please send me an email to request them.

High School

HW: Week #1 (All Beginner Classes)

1.) Required Research: Watch videos and read articles about the NATO topic (Take notes!).
Link: Required Research (PDF)
2.) Create a T-Chart with bullet points and sources (publication & date); 7-10 facts per side.
3.) Practice: Please practice speaking your facts to improve fluency and prepare for crossfires.

HW: Week #1 (All Intermediate and Advanced Classes)

1.) Required Research: Watch videos and read articles about the NATO topic (Take notes!).
Link: Required Research (PDF)
2.) Write 7-10 'cards' per side (researched and written by you and/or your debate partner).
IMPORTANT: It is acceptable to take some (not all) of your cards from the evidence packet.
3.) Practice: Please watch (& Flow) the demonstration debates from DebateUS:
Link (Novice Demo): https://youtu.be/A6f3ipDdRF0 (40+ min)
Link (Adv Demo): https://youtu.be/n7GVIhTCJU8 (40+ min)

Debate Team Members
(NOV/DEC: Cryptocurrency)

[FREE] Useful Articles and Videos for Competitive Debate

Overcoming Anxiety & "Power Posing" (Amy Cuddy, TED Talk):
https://www.ted.com/speakers/amy_cuddy
(20 min)

[FREE] Cryptocurrency-Specific Demonstration Debates

DebateUS! Demonstration: "Regulating Cryptocurrency"
[Http://~~Later!] (40+ min)

Debate Team Members
(SEPT/OCT: NATO & The Baltics)

[FREE] NATO-Specific Lectures

DebateUS Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVH5WEzsnak (30+ min)
DebateUS Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvWhKMYckI4 (20+ min)
Champion Briefs Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC5XMHtSFBU (20 min)

[FREE] NATO-Specific Demonstration Debates

DebateUS Demonstration (Novice): https://youtu.be/A6f3ipDdRF0 (40+ min)
DebateUS Demonstration (Advanced): https://youtu.be/A6f3ipDdRF0 (40+ min)

High School

HW: Week #1 (All Beginner Classes)

1.) Required Research: Watch videos and read articles about the NATO topic (Take notes!).
Link: Required Research (PDF)
2.) Create a T-Chart with bullet points and sources (publication & date); 7-10 facts per side.
3.) Practice: Please practice speaking your facts to improve fluency and prepare for crossfires.

HW: Week #1 (for INT & ADV Classes)

1.) Required Research: Watch videos and read articles about the NATO topic (Take notes!).
Link: Required Research (PDF)
2.) Write 7-10 'cards' per side (researched and written by you and/or your debate partner).
IMPORTANT: It is acceptable to take some (not all) of your cards from the evidence packet.
3.) Practice: Please watch (& Flow) the demonstration debates from DebateUS:
Link (Novice Demo): https://youtu.be/A6f3ipDdRF0 (40+ min)
Link (Adv Demo): https://youtu.be/n7GVIhTCJU8 (40+ min)

Debate Team Members

Reading #1

Students are assigned to this reading for the elementary after school debate class.

Reading #2

Students are assigned to this reading for the elementary after school debate class.