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    Policy Debate Packet

    Makeup Work (if you are absent for 1 or more library days)

    Debate Contract (on the third absence you will be asked to sign this)

     

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    Library Assignment One: Writing A Resolution

     

    ALL RESEARCH MUST BE DONE USING A DATABASE- GOOGLE SCHOLAR MAY BE USED FOR SOME INFORMATION.

     

    Databases

     

    Directions:

    1st: You need to make sure you can access your amphi google account:

    1. Go to “Google.” Click sign in.
    2. Username:  StudentID@student.amphi.com
    3. Password: first name, first letter capitalized.

    2nd: One group member must login to google and create and SHARE a Google Doc:

        1. Title the document with the following: (Topic/Stance + Last Names of Team Members + Period #)
        2. Share this with your team members (using their gmail addresses from step 1) and share this with your teacher. 

    Ms Travis gmail: btravis@student.amphi.com

     

      3rd Start researching topics and create a resolution. This resolution should be typed out on the above Google Document. Your team's resolution MUST:

      • Propose a policy.
      • Go against the status quo.
      • List the logical agency in charge of enacting your policy.
      • Be written in the exact format displayed below in the example.
      • Be narrow enough for the debate.

    I will conference with each group to make sure that phrasing is excellent and a prima facie case exists. Here's what the CONTENT of you Google Doc should look like:

    Resolved:(The Federal Government/The State of Arizona/Amphitheater School District/etc) SHOULD (enact some sort of policy that is not currently being enacted.)

     

    Researching Possible topics. You can google "policy debate topics" or look at the Opposing Viewpoints Database:

     

      4th : You must also print a copy of your team's possible resolution. It should have all of your team members' names on the top and should look like this:

     

    Resolved:(The Federal Government/The State of Arizona/Amphitheater School District/etc) SHOULD(enact some sort of policy that is not currently being enacted.)

     

    5th- Start collecting articles to prove that your topic is valid. (Focus on Harms and Inherency). Collect the bibliographic information from all articles (Remember the citation button in the database). Email articles to yourself. I will ask to see these at the end of the period.

     
     
    ALL RESEARCH MUST BE DONE USING A DATABASE- GOOGLE SCHOLAR MAY BE USED FOR SOME INFORMATION.

     

     

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    Library Assignment Two: Outline of Harms &Inherency

     

    Directions:

    1st: One person in your group needs to create a new word document and share it with me an the entire group. Label it "Last Names of all team members- Bibliography for Senior Project- period # "; Update this document regularly whenever you use new research for your project. You can use Easybib to create your bibliography.

    However, when you use a database you usually have citations automatically done for you. Click on the "Cite" button and choose MLA format. Then cut and paste the exact citation onto your bibliography and your outline.

    Remember that your bibliography must be in alpha order!!!

     

    2nd: Look at the sample outline:

     

    Sample Harms Outline

     

    3rd: Fill out your own outline using the template below. Cut and paste this template into your existing google document (that already has your resolution).

    Harms Outline

     

    Make sure that when you are gathering evidence that you collect ALL OF THE CITATION INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED!!

    When you use a database you usually have citations automatically done for you. Click on the "Cite" button and choose MLA format. Then cut and paste the exact citation onto your outline.

    Or, look at the following link if you need help with this: MLA in-text parenthetical citations

     

    ALSO MAKE SURE YOUR EVIDENCE IS VALID!!! Here is a handout that will help you determine the validity of a source: Evaluating Sources

     

    4th: "Cut and Paste" your bibliography onto your "Harms Outline."

    5th: By Thursday 1/16 evening ...
    1. EVERY MEMBER of your group must submit an outline to turnitin.com. (Yes, the same exact outline for each group member). You can load a googledoc into turnitin.com. Make sure you choose this as an option when uploading! THIS IS DUE Thursday NIGHT TO TURNITIN.COM.

     

     

    Library Assignment Three: Peer-editing Harms Outline

     

     

    Directions:

    1st: Login to your turnitin.com account.

     

    2nd: Turnitin.com will distribute four papers for you to review. You must complete only TWO of the four reviews that turnitin.com assigns you. It is set up this way because the papers are randomly distributed and you may get one of your group member's papers. If this happens, skip the review and move on to the next one. You will also complete a self-review, for a total of three reviews.

     

     

     

     

    WEDNESDAY 1/22 Library Assignment Four: Revising Harms Outline/ Writing Your Plan

     

    Directions:

    1st: Login to turnitin.com and read all of the peer reviews you received on your "Harms Outline."

    2nd: With your group, modify your "Harms Outline" on your google doc. If you need additional evidence, use a database or "Google Scholar" to find it. I WILL BE CHECKING ON GOOGLEDOCS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALL CONTRIBUTED AND REVISED THIS OUTLINE!! Make sure you update your bibliography if needed!!!

    3rd: Use the copy of your plan that you completed in class. Fill out the Plan outline ("Writing Your Plan" link below). Add this to your existing Google doc.- the one with your Harms outline.You may have more or less of the sub-points, modify as needed. You will print-out one copy of this entire outline and give it to me.

    Writing Your Plan

     

     

     

    MONDAY 1/27 Library Assignment Five: Final Copy Of 1AC and 3 or more evidence cards

     By the end of the period you will:

    1. Submit a copy of your 1AC (with bibliography) electronically. Every group member must submit a copy to turnitin.com.Keep your names off of these because we will peer-edit them next class.
    2. Print one copy of your three evidence cards. Write all your names on this and turn it in to me. 

     

    Directions:

    1st: Revise your two outlines as needed. Cut and paste all information into your google doc. This is your final 1AC. Here is a sample of what your 1AC should look like:

    Sample 1AC

    A BIBLIOGRAPHY MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR 1AC!!!!

     

    2nd: Look at the Sample Evidence Card

     

    Sample Evidence Card

     

    3rd : You need to create at least 3 additional evidence cards. Use the Evidence Card Template to create your cards:

    Evidence Cards Template

     

    Make sure you include all evidence card research in your bibliography!

     

    4th: Make sure you save each evidence card in your folder before creating a new one. Print copies of your evidence cards. I need 1 copy of all of your evidence cards, stapled together. You also need 3 copies for your group.

    By the end of the period you will:
    1. Submit a copy of your 1AC (with bibliography) electronically. Every group member must submit a copy to turnitin.com.Keep your names off of these because we will peer-edit them next class.
    2. Print one copy of your three evidence cards. Write all your names on this and turn it in to me.

      

     

     

     

     Library Assignment Six : Peer-editing 1AC

    • Turnitin.com will distribute four papers for you to review. You must complete only TWO of the four reviews that turnitin.com assigns you. It is set up this way because the papers are randomly distributed and you may get one of your group member's papers. If this happens, skip the review and move on to the next one. You will also complete a self-review, for a total of three reviews.

    • If you receive one of your team-mates 1AC just skip it.

     

    Library Assignment Seven: Revising 1AC

    You will begin revising your 1AC and also finish your outline for your negative debate!!

    REVISION:

     1. Review your peer-review remarks.

    2. Revise your 1AC.

    3. ONE group member must submit your final copy of the 1AC (with bibliography) electronically to turnitin.com. This is due by Thursday 1/30 at midnight. Only one group member needs to submit this but all three names must be on the document!!

    You must also print out one copy of your FINAL 1AC and hand it to me. Remember, you and your team will also need a copy of the 1AC on the day of your debate. Negative is responsible for making sure this GoogleDoc is shared with them by the end of the period on Thursday 1/30.  Negative should print their own copy of the Affirmative's 1AC.

     

     Library Assignment Eight: Preparing for the Negative

     Make sure that one member of your team has turned in a copy of your 1AC to turnitin.com and that your team has given me one copy of your 1AC.

     

    Directions:

    1. Get out the "Debate Exchange" sheet that you got in class on Friday. 

    2. Share your Googledoc with the team you are debating against. Remember, this should be a "read only" share.

    3. Open up the "Negative Outline" template and start planning your attacks against the Affirmative team. You are going to have to think about what their Harms, etc may be and come up with a strong attack.  (See below for tips on Negative preparation.)

    Negative Outline

     

    4. You will have an outlined attack against the Affirmative. You will also have at least three evidence cards to use against the Affirmative. Print out one copy of your outline and cards for me (staple together). Also print out one copy of your outline and evidence cards for each of your group members.

     

    EVIDENCE CARD Template

     

     

    Background: Preparing For Negative

    The Negative’ s job is to refute or prove untrue what the affirmative has argued. The negative may (and usually does) agree with portions of the affirmative case. Overall, however, the negative argues that the affirmative plan should not be adopted.
    The negative team can make several different types of arguments. First, they may refute the stock issues:
    • The problem does not really exist (no harm)
    • The problem exists, but is insignificant (no significance)
    • The status quo has a better approach to solving the problem (no inherency)
    • The affirmative has not proven that their plan will solve the problem (no solvency)
    The negative also has some special arguments at their disposal. The above arguments are considered CASE ATTACKS because they refute the arguments the affirmative uses to build their case for change. The negative may also use PLAN ATTACKS. The plan will not work (WORKABILITY ATTACK) and the adoption of the plan will cause a DISADVANTAGE.

    Workability

    The WORKABILITY argument identifies a flaw in the affirmative plan. The negative uses this argument to show that the benefits the affirmative claims will not be achieved. In other words, the plan will not “meet the benefits” (workability arguments are sometimes referred to as PMAs—Plan will not Meet Advantage). For example, let’s assume the affirmative plan mandates economic assistance to Russia. The affirmative’s solvency may contend that this plan will increase living standards. The negative may challenge the workability of the proposal by arguing that bureaucracy and corruption will divert that aid from its intended sources. (Note: students may choose to apply this argument directly to the solvency issue instead of raising it as a workability argument.)

     

    Workability Format

     

    • State what affirmative wants to do
    • Prove why the plan won’t work (with reasoning and evidence)
    • Impact: explain the effect the workability problem has (how much of a barrier is it)

    Disadvantages

    The DISADVANTAGE argument shows the negative effect of the plan. In order to be an effective argument, a disadvantage has to be something that would not also happen if the affirmative would not be adopted. In other words, the plan must uniquely cause the problem. Using the economic assistance example, the negative may argue that giving such governmental aid may discourage private investment in Russia, worsening the overall economic situation.

    Disadvantage Format

     

    • Title & Thesis (The main idea of the disadvantage should be explained. What harm does the plan cause?)
    • Uniqueness: The disadvantage will not occur with the status quo—it’s unique only to the to the affirmative
    • Link: The affirmative plan causes something bad to happen
    • Impact: The extent of the damage is explained
    A disadvantage, just like an affirmative case, must be proven.