Wrap It Up – Thank You Very Much!

Thank you

For a fantastic school year.  You entertained me, you taught me, you challenged me every week.

For giving me the opportunity to learn.  I never dreamed of teaching debate – but you gave me the chance.

May I ask one last favor?

Can you tell me what you learned?  What changed in your life because you learned public speaking skills or debate basics?

I would be very grateful if you would.


Kim Krajci


Public Forum Test

The Public Forum Test

First, you may want to review last week’s assignments before you take this test.

The Public Forum Test is  20 questions long.  You must complete it by Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m.


We will start with our Public Forum debates soon, so get your constructive cases written now – both pro and con. Remember, these speeches are considerably shorter than the LD speeches, so prepare accordingly.

Because we have 9 debaters, some students will have the opportunity to debate twice.  Extra credit will be given.

PF does require the teams to work closely with each other, so come prepared next week with your constructive completed.  This will be graded – so bring  2 copies with you next week.  If you don’t bring both cases printed out, you will not be debating in the PF round and you will fail the class.




Intro to PF

This material will be covered in a test next week, so be prepared.

Here is my lecture:

Here’s another presentation for you to watch. Some of the same material, but some different.

Finally, a really good handout. The only problem is that it’s a bit dated. The links in the form are no longer available.  https://debate.uvm.edu/dcpdf/PFNFL.pdf

However, if you’re looking for information to get ready for our debates, try checking out http://everydaydebate.blogspot.com and searching for the term Electoral College. You’ll find some good places and ideas to get you started.

Homework Assignment: Logical Fallacies

After today’s fun debate, I think we need some work on logical fallacies.

Logical Fallacies

Logical fallacies in debate undermine our credibility as speakers because the fallacies don’t accurately represent the truth.  They let the speaker slide into illogical or poor thought structures.  That’s why they’re such a problem for debaters.

Your homework assignment is this:

Here are 6 logical fallacies:

  • Slippery slope
  • Ad hominem
  • No True Scotsman
  • Strawman
  • Appeal to Emotion
  • Genetic

These strike me as the most commonly used fallacies in debate.

Your homework assignment:  define each of these and give me an example based on our new debate resolution:

The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.

Extra credit?  Glad you asked.

I’ll give you a point for every extra logical fallacy you can find and give me an example based on the resolution.

Use whatever source you like for the fallacies – there are literally dozens of them on the Internet.

EMAIL ME YOUR LIST by Friday, April 5, at 5 p.m.  This is the one time that I want the assignment in email!  Do not upload it to the Google drive.

Why? you ask?

You’ll find out.



Team Debate Topic

The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.

Homework assignments:

  1.  Look up all the words in the resolution.  You can skip to, with, then and a.  Get multiple definitions for each word (make sure you track your sources.)
  2. Read the US Constitution regarding the Electoral College.
  3. Read the Federalist Paper #68 about the Electoral College.


Write a description of how the Electoral College works in your own words.  Explain why the Founding Fathers chose this system.

Bring this to class next week.




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!


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 DebateClash.com 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!