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ODEF’s Second South Coast Workshop

Thanks to everyone who could make it this weekend to ODEF’s winter workshop in the South Coast Debate series! Representatives from Coquille, Bandon, and North Bend made it to Coquille HS for a workshop on CX debate.

We covered:

1) How to ask (and answer) killer Cross Examination questions – students tried to keep their cool under pressure, and we learned about the evil of questions that start with “isn’t it true that…”

2) How to analyze opponents’ evidence – we talked about how to research evidence and how to point out flaws in your opponents’ evidence, even when you don’t have any evidence on the topic.

3) How to weigh impacts – we learned how to make effective comparisons for judges in rebuttals.

All in all it was a fabulous day of work.

Remember that the second part of the workshop is the free tournament at Coquille High School on January 7th. Anyone who wants to give debate a try is strongly encouraged to attend, even brand new competitors. You can research your own evidence, or we have a starter set available for everyone! Hope to see you there!

Nathan Highsmith (North Bend) cross-examines Mariyam Suleman (Coquille)

Mariyam answers a question from Nathan

Alexis Battle! Alexis Ladig (Coquille) reads, Alexis Busso (Bandon) prepares her questions.

Jake from Coquille cross-examines Rachel Mosley

Kaitlyn Dixon (Coquille) and Michael Hobson (North Bend) compare notes while analyzing evidence


Poll: Favorite Arguments

Second ODEF Workshop

ODEF proudly invites you to attend:

The Second Workshop of the

South Coast Debate Initiative Series

December 10th 2011

Coquille High School


Please join us December 10th for a free debate workshop! Any experience level, age, or school is welcome!

Missed our first workshop? We’ll have activities for true novices and people who have been to a few tournaments.

Sign up here to let us know you’re interested!

Sprague High Success for ODEF alums

Congratulations to Coquille for a killer performance at Sprague High School this weekend. The team – competing at its second tournament ever – won first and second place in novice policy.

Kaitlyn Dixon and Mariyam Suleman were the top team, winning first and fifth place speaker respectively. This is Kaitlyn’s second tournament win (making her 100% in tournaments attended and won… with two different partners) and Mariyam is an exchange student from Pakistan this year at CHS. Both attended ODEF’s first workshop at Bandon High School.

Wow. Just…wow.

Join ODEF and the Coquille debate team at next month’s summit. We’ll be at Coquille High School on December 10th. Any student, parent, or coach is welcome to attend.

Big congrats to Coquille High!

How to research an affirmative case

Researching your own aff is an incredibly fun part of debate, but if you don’t know what to look for, it can also be very time consuming and difficult. With ODEF’s easy guide to researching an affirmative case, you can limit your frustration and maximize your time spent creating winning arguments!

First, find out what topical cases interest you!

Limit your possible topics to a list of things that interest you. They can be from your own imagination, from articles you’ve read, or things you’ve learned about in class. You want to make sure

1) they’re defensible- think about what your opponents would say. Does your idea fit under the topic? Is it totally unfeasible in the near future? Does it cause problems that you don’t want to have to argue about?

2) it’s interesting and has lots of literature about it. If you get bored reading one article about your case, that’s not a good sign. If you can only find one crazy ranting blog post that supports your idea, also not a feasible topic.

Continue reading ‘How to research an affirmative case’

South Coast Invitational Results

The South Coast Invitational, run by Bandon and North Bend High Schools, was kind enough to host ODEF’s first tournament, a novice CX division. Teams from Bandon, North Bend, and Coquille competed and amazed in their first tournament ever.

Each of the schools was totally new to the event, and Coquille had a brand new team after a many-year hiatus from Forensics. Big congratulations to Coquille Coach Caron Newman and Coquille Kaitlyn Dixon/Claire Beery, who won their first tournament! There’s a bright future ahead for this program.

Congrats also to North Bend Nathan Highsmith/Michael Hobson, who got second place. North Bend did tons of original research to support their Solar Power Satellites Affirmative.

A big thank you to all the judges and coaches that made it happen! Lots of judges were excited to hear about the return of accessible policy debate to the state of Oregon and were willing judges and supporters.

Please join us for our second workshop and tournament combo series. The workshop is Saturday December 10th and the tournament will take place in January, both at Coquille High School.

First South Coast Debate Workshop a success

Thanks so much to everyone who came to our workshop in Bandon on Saturday Sept. 24th!

As promised, here’s the evidence set available for download to your computer.

Forty people participated in our workshop, including parents, teachers and student from Marshfield and North Bend, Bandon, and Coquille. Bandon is new to the debate side of Forensics, and Coquille has a brand new team this year!

Students had discussions and debates about outer space, education, and the policy debate topic this year and shared their forensics experience with Rachel Mosley and Hank Fields of ODEF.

We covered the basics and many myths about policy debate. People contributed their thoughts about education, the US debt, Keynesian economics, Pakistan, and the space race. Who knew that high schoolers were so smart these days? Must be something in the water over there.

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry! You’re still welcome to download the evidence set and join us at the first tournament on October 8th at North Bend High School. We’ll be having another free workshop in Coquille on December 10th for the next step or for new folks who are interested.

Bandon vs. North Bend

Coquille vs. Marshfield