The National Speech & Debate Association was created in 1925 to provide recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities. Topics can vary widely based on the interest of the student. Students may consult articles and evidence they gather prior to the contest, but may not use the internet during preparation. Extemporaneous Speaking, typically called extemp, is a speech on current events with limited preparation time. Suggested Source Material for Interpretation Events, Begin crystallizing the main issues in the round. Or, is America one big salad bowl, where each culture adds unique flavor? Topics may be of a value orientation and affect people at a personal level, such as avoiding peer pressure, or they can be more of a policy orientation and ask an audience to enact particular policies or solve societal problems. Informative is a speech written by the student with the intent to inform the audience on a topic of significance. After-Dinner Speaking*: Structured as a funny after-dinner toast about a serious theme. Parliamentary Debate (Parli): Debate with a partner. *Each team is entitled to three minutes of prep time during the round. Ask yourself why it’s funny. Lincoln is home to 2017 State Champions in CX Debate, one of whom is the cx section captain. Throughout the debate, students have the opportunity to cross-examine one another. Resolved: Japan ought to amend Article 9 of its constitution to allow for offensive military capabilities. This event is seven minutes, including an introduction. The speech is delivered from memory. You can inform, persuade, comment. On balance, Xi Jinping’s power consolidation is beneficial to the People’s Republic of China. (5 minutes) HERE's a link to 2015 OSAAChampionship Impromptu Topics. Lots of tournaments hold this speech and debate event each year based on the NSDA(National Speech and Debate Association) rule. Using a selection or selections of literature, students provide an oral interpretation of poetry. Develops your quick-thinking skills like none other. Duo is an event that can be dramatic, comedic, or a combination of the two. The format is based on the CNN show Crossfire, and tends to be big-picture analysis of current issues in the news, without going into the same kind of depth as other events.The topics run one month except for the first two months of the season. Public Forum Debate is a two-versus-two team debate about current events. It features a dynamic format combining the concepts of “prepared” topics with “impromptu” topics, encouraging debaters to focus on specified issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. The main objective is to maintain a sense of balance between performers that focuses on the relationship(s) between the characters they create. On balance, the rise of Russian influence in Latin America increases regional instability. The speech is delivered from memory. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters. Competition Events Guide | National Speech & Debate Association Home (920) 748-6206 FAQ Contact Us Donate Prose typically has a narrative with its related rises and falls, much like Storytelling. Despite debating individually, the community is so welcoming; I made friends across the country. This challenging format requires good teamwork and in-depth quality argumentation. A manuscript is required and may be used as a prop within the performance if the performer maintains control of the manuscript at all times. Extemporaneous Debate is a supplemental event at the National Speech & Debate Tournament. (10 Minutes). SECTION 4. Informative gives students the unique opportunity to showcase their personality while educating the audience. Tournaments generally cover upwards of fifteen topics, with multiple topics debated in each round of competition. SECTION 5. Due to the characteristics of the famous 1858 debate, LD debate deals more with logic, philosophy and ethical values. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Storytelling consists of sharing a story with an audience, performed as if the audience were a group of young children. Students prepare cases and then engage in an exchange of cross-examinations and rebuttals in an attempt to convince a judge that s/he is the better debater in the round. A two-on-two debate that focuses on a policy question for the duration of the academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Original Oratory speakers and Informative speakers WRITE and MEMORIZE the speech content, so students can expect improvements in not only their speech skills but also writing skills along with new knowledge and vocabularies. Like all debate formats, there is a heavy emphasis on research and preparation prior to the debate, and students participating in this event quickly develop strong news literacy skills. The speech includes research and is aimed at informing the audience; the goal is to educate, not to advocate. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. As the safety of all in our community and beyond is our single greatest priority, it is the recommendation of the California High School Speech Association that all speech and debate competition through at least the end of the year happen virtually and not at in person competitions throughout the state. However, other aspects of humor are more universal in nature. As per the recent league email, Ben Stewart of SpeechWire is conducting Zoom sessions in regard to next season’s tournaments.