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Write Your Constructive Speeches

We’ve got 3 videos today to help you write your constructive speeches.

Here’s the first one.  It’s pretty short.



Have you ever accidentally done more than you thought you would?  I was recording the Value Critierion video and accidentally recorded the entire rest of my lecture!

It’s late and I’m not going to rerecord this, so it’s a longer video than I planned.


Ok, now you’re going to learn why the writing class is a prereq for this class.  It’s time to write your constructive speeches.  I’ve provided you with some notes for this lecture,  and some links mostly at the bottom of the page for you to start your research.


This is probably one of the hardest week’s work I’m going to give you.  You have to write your constructive cases this week.  Both of them.  However, I’m going to give you a tool to help you.

I can’t predict how long it’s going to take you to research and write your constructive cases, but I will try to help you refine your cases.

This week, my father is having heart surgery.  We don’t exactly know what’s going to happen yet, so I’m going to give you extra time to work on these speeches.  I will let you know when I can schedule an online meeting – probably on Thursday or Friday – where you can talk to me and we can talk about your cases. They will NOT BE DUE ON FRIDAY.

Bring your completed cases to class on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.  You’ll need them for a LIVE debate round!  You will need both AFF and NEG – so don’t try to play the odds and only write one.  You don’t know what you’re going to be called to debate.  Be prepared!

The only way to know how long your cases are is to read them aloud at a rate that’s as fast as you can go without stumbling over all your words.  If you write a case that has more than 4 contentions, stop now and read it aloud.  You only have 6 minutes for the AC, and you should plan to finish your NC in about 3.5 minutes.

Talk to your family and others about this resolution.  People will likely have varied opinions about it.  Especially ask them if they voted in the 2018 election.  And pray for Bob, my dad, that his surgery goes well.

Watch for my emails later this week!


Social Contract Theory

Contractarianism: Hobbes Social Contract

We will have spent all of class on Monday talking about flowing.  As I was preparing this class, I found this link.  I honestly couldn’t explain how you debate better than this article, so go read it now.  It’s short.

This is a model of a debate flow.  This isn’t specific to LD – you’ll notice there is no Value or Value Criterion on here.

Debate flow format
Thanks to for this great image!

Flowing Homework

Homework assignment 1:

Watch the video and flow the constructives, the rebuttals and the KVIs.  You should enjoy this. Upload a picture of your flow to our google drive.

Social Contract Homework

Lots of videos today.

First, I talk about morality in this video.  It’s a short, poor, nasty, brutish and solitary video.  (Ok, that’s a joke.)


Video 2:  Social Contract Theory:  How do we live together?

Ever watch a group of 1-year-olds?  There’s a reason we don’t leave them alone.  They can’t be trusted.  They don’t understand social contract theory.

Here’s a lecture explaining it to you.


Bring 4 balls to class next week.


Four balls.  Any four balls.  They don’t have to be four of the same balls.  They don’t have to be big, small, colorful, not-colorful.  They can be soccer, football, ping-pong, baseballs, tennis, whatever you have.

We need them for class, so please be sure to bring them!