Ld Debate Cases

Written by Samuel Wong
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LD debate cases demonstrate and develop a debater's reasoning and speaking skills. The time constraints involved in LD debates require a student to deliver a concise yet comprehensive amount of information in a set period of time. Debaters need to be able to relay their ideas clearly, and withstand and rebut attacks on their arguments

The first step in building LD debate cases is a formulation of a statement of what the debate is about. The point of the debate is to test whether this statement is logical and valid. The next step is the value premise, which forms the foundation of your argument. You have to convince the judge that your argument is more valid than your opponent's. The value system you use, such as an economic-based or health-based value system, should be universal, so that the judge will be able to understand your argument.

LD Debate Cases: Preparation Required!

The next steps in LD debate cases involve stating of arguments and presentation of evidence. You need two or three main points to support your argument. You also need evidence to justify your main points. If your debate resolution were "A trackball is a more valued device than a conventional mouse," you would argue and present evidence of repetitive stress injuries and ergonomic information in support of your side.

The final phases in LD debate cases relate to speech preparation. You are required to write a speech summarizing your position on the resolution. You will also have to prepare statements about the issues the judge will be voting on. Since there are set time limits for your speech, it is a good idea to practice your speech and time yourself so that you do not go over your allotted time or fall short, thereby weakening your case.


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