Our Lincoln-Douglas Novice Topic Brief is 165 pages long and includes in-depth Topic Analyses by Brian Hodge and Jack Ave, 150+ cards, Framework suggestions, and more! This free brief is designed to help novice debaters learn about different approaches to a topic, how to cut evidence, and more! NOTE: this is not the most up to date version of our novice topic file. This brief may contain outdated evidence. We recommend that you download our new novice topic brief instead.
Our briefs for Lincoln-Douglas Debate are fundamentally different than other available files. Lincoln-Douglas Debate has a wide variety of styles and argumentative approaches, and we want to help students understand all angles of topical discussion. Our briefs provide both traditional and progressive style analyses and argumentation to ensure that every debater is well prepared, no matter what style they follow. Each brief includes five topic analyses from coaches and debate alumni with a variety of perspectives. Following this, we provide you with basic and advanced frameworks to help you achieve an understanding of the plethora of approaches to the topic. We believe that our briefs will provide you with the most developed understanding of every topic and every perspective.
As educators, we believe it is important to help students learn argumentation, research, and critical thinking skills fostered by debate. Our briefs are designed to facilitate real learning, helping students to not only succeed in their debate rounds, but build a foundation of expertise that will benefit them for a lifetime.