Homework

After-School Debate Classes

Homework

After School Learning Program

     

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 Homework

The BDC After School Learning Program teaches students debate fundamentals, intermediate and advanced skills, and are provides guidance in researching the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) topic. In order to maximize learning, students must arrive prepared, which includes having performed any research, writing, or speaking practice that was assigned to them. We strive for balance when assigning homework; no busywork! If we ask you to do it, it is because the work is important and is necessary.

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).

Elementary School

[BEG] Elementary Debate (Mon, 4:30pm or Fri, 4pm):
Required Research: GMO Foods (PDF).
Homework Page: CLICK HERE.

[INT] Elementary Debate (Wed, 4:30pm):
Required Research: GMO Foods (PDF).
Homework Page: CLICK HERE.

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] Middle School Debate:
Required Research: JAN: Legalizing illicit Drugs (PDF).
Required Research: FEB: NATO & Turkey (PDF).

Homework Page: CLICK HERE.

[INT+] Middle School Debate:
Required Research: JAN: Legalizing illicit Drugs (PDF).
Required Research: FEB: NATO & Turkey (PDF).
Homework Page: CLICK HERE.

High School

[BEG] High School Debate:
Required Research: JAN: Legalizing illicit Drugs (PDF).
Required Research: FEB: NATO & Turkey (PDF).
Homework Page:
CLICK HERE.

[INT+] High School Debate:
Required Research: JAN: Legalizing illicit Drugs (PDF).
Required Research: FEB: NATO & Turkey (PDF).
Homework Page: CLICK HERE.

FEB 2022: NATO & Turkey

[FREE] TOPIC-SPECIFIC LECTURES
*BDC Guest Lecture Series (Expert Lecture): "NATO & Turkey."
Link: Upload Later. (50+ min)
Note: Prof. Caroline Weber, UK, January 5, 2022.
*DebateUS! (Lecture): "Resolved: ... NATO & Turkey by Stefan Bauschard."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhQGYU1ijXU (30 min)
*Champion Briefs (Lecture): "February 2022 Public Forum Topic Analysis by Unknown."
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEeGsfpeKcK-6bbuLfNE0hA/videos (20+ min)

[FREE] Demonstration Debate
DebateUS! Demonstration Debate: "NATO & Turkey."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNXwtMJvt_w (40 min)

[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)

JAN 2022: Legalizing Illicit Drugs

[FREE] TOPIC-SPECIFIC LECTURES
*BDC Guest Lecture Series (Expert Lecture): "Legalizing Illicit Drugs."
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAA7Bbl3jd8MNKojED4CX-A/videos (50+ min)
Note: Prof. Caroline Weber, UK, January 5, 2022.
*DebateUS! (Lecture): "Resolved: ... legalize all illicit drugs by Stefan Bauschard."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDA-YF160I8 (25+ min)
*Champion Briefs (Lecture): "January 2022 Public Forum Topic Analysis by Srikar Satish."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfeCkz4lYVo (20+ min)

[FREE] Demonstration Debate
DebateUS! Demonstration Debate: "Legalizing Illicit Drugs." 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-BxYS77VC4 (40 min)

NOV-DEC (2021):
Regulating Cryptocurrency

[FREE] Cryptocurrency-Specific Lectures
BDC Guest Lecture Series (Expert Lecture): "Regulating Cryptocurrency"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcEtMxjtAac (50+ min)
Note: Prof. Shane Hadden, UK, November 3, 2021.
DebateUS! (Lecture): "Understanding Cryptocurrency"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=autsH83NZlk (25+ min)
Champion Briefs (Lecture): "PF Topic Analysis (Cryptocurrency)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfeCkz4lYVo (20+ min)

[FREE] Cryptocurrency-Specific Demonstration Debates
DebateUS! Demonstration Debate: "Cryptocurrency"
https://new.debateus.org/cryptocurrency-demo-debate/ (40+ min) 

SEPT-OCT (2021): NATO & The Baltics

[FREE] NATO-Specific Lectures

BDC Guest Lecture Series (Expert Lecture): "NATO & The Baltics"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Q-5a5E2oY (50+ min)
Note: Dr. Clayton Thyne, UK, October 6, 2021.

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.