Lesson 14: Impacting your arguments

There are a variety of ways to ensure that your arguments are impactful. This session covers the term “not mutually exclusive” and the various types of harm that appear in debates, with a variety of motions to illustration.

Lesson 13: Creating more robust arguments

The most robust arguments take into account what the other side might say. This is known as pre-empting. A good debater learns to attack their own argument to make it better and this lesson teaches you how to do so. The motion we will be using is - T ...

Lesson 11: Points of Information (POIs)

This session introduces the basic Dos and Don’ts of offering Points of Information. Strategic ways to offer POIs will also be covered, as well as how to turn these mini-rebuttals into full-fledged ones. We will be revisiting the motion - This House W ...

Lesson 10: Creating Rebuttals

Learn the fundamentals of creating a rebuttal - how to disprove and engage the other side. This will be explored using the motion - This House Would Ban fried food in primary schools and This House would restrict the number of hours teenagers are all ...

Lesson 3: Creating a robust set-up

This session builds on what was covered in the previous lesson, going through how to create a robust set-up in greater depth. This covers definitions, clarifications and policy. A variety of motions will be used to illustrate these key ideas, such as ...

Lesson 2: Brainstorming arguments

This session covers how to create a set-up. In addition, you will learn how to use actor analysis to come up with a variety of arguments. We will be using motions such as: This House Would ban children from playing violent video games, and This House ...

Lesson 1: Introduction to the WSDC Format

In this session, you will learn about the WSDC format, speaker roles, and types of motions. Examples will be given to help you explore the types of motions and some basic principles, such as This House Would Ban the sale of unhealthy food in schools.

Lesson 9: Answering the motion fully

This session focuses on how to create specific and targeted substantives to ensure that you are answering all the key terms in the motion. This will be explored through the motion - This House Would Restrict the number of hours teenagers can spend on ...