Time Allocation

Speaker: Sarah Harris

Main take-aways from this video:

  • Prepare your case before the debate starts
  • Time your case for your first speech
  • Attack each one of your opponents’ contentions (arguments)
  • Defend your case against every attack from your opponents
  • During every speech, make sure to extend your case
  • To extend your case, you must understand your case
  • Give the judge reasons to prefer your case
  • Overviews happen at the beginning of your speech
  • Underviews happen at the end of your speech
  • Roadmaps happen before you give your speech; use them to tell the judge what you will be talking about
  • During cross-ex, question your opponents by asking “how” and “why” questions

Exercise 1:

  • Write out a full rebuttal speech during a mock debate
  • In the rebuttal you write, mark where your roadmap, overview, main points, and underview are
  • Under your main points, mark where you talk about your own case, where you defend your case against your opponents, and where you attack your opponents’ case
  • After you have finished marking up your speech, try reading it out loud

Exercise 2:

  • Have a mock debate
  • In your speeches, try to include all the necessary parts of a speech: roadmap, overview, extending your case, defending your case, attacking your opponent, impact analysis, and underview
  • Have a partner keep track of what parts of a speech you cover and which you do not
  • If you do not have all the parts of your speech, have your partner tell you what you missed and try making your speech again, with all the necessary parts