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2012-13. 2

RHETORIC 121: FUNDAMENTALS OF DEBATE. 2

RHETORIC 221-222: PARLI-IE, POLICY DEBATE. 2

 

 

 

2012-13

RHETORIC 121: FUNDAMENTALS OF DEBATE

 

Instructors

·  Jim Hanson, Director of Forensics

·  Nigel Ramoz-Leslie, Parliamentary Debate and Individual Events Coach

·  Zach Tschida, Parliamentary and Policy Debate Coach

 

Your grade is based on completing the following items.

 

1. ATTEND CLASS SESSIONS WEDNESDAY, AUG 29 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19.
The class sessions are Monday and Wednesday, 4:15 to 6:15pm.

 

2. DEBATE AT ONE OF FOUR TOURNAMENT OPTIONS

NW Warmup Sept 21-23

Lewis and Clark Oct 11-14

UPS Oct 26-28 (JV only)

On Campus as scheduled.

Decision of which you go to is by Jim Hanson but with your input.

 

3. PARTICIPATE AT THE INTRAMURAL COMPETITION ON NOV. 29, 4:20PM TO 6PM

·        121 students who do not attend the class regularly, do their practice, participate in the IM debates, and/or one of the four tournament options may not receive an A.

 

Note: You must be enrolled in Rhetoric 121, 221, 222, or 401/402 in order to participate in the Whitman Forensics program and participation at tournaments is dependent on following the Team Participation Guidelines.

 


RHETORIC 221-222: PARLI-IE, POLICY DEBATE

Instructors

·  Jim Hanson, Director of Forensics

·  Alex Zendeh, Policy Debate Coach

·  Nigel Ramoz-Leslie, Parliamentary Debate and Individual Events Coach

·  Zach Tschida, Parliamentary and Policy Debate Coach

 

221 Course Description

This course involves preparing, practicing, and competing in parliamentary debate, impromptu or extemp or platform, and assisting the forensics program including with tournaments that we host. Your grade is based on completing the following items.

222 Course Description

This course involves preparing, practicing, and competing in policy debate and assisting the forensics program including with tournaments that we host. Your grade is based on completing the following items.

 

·       ATTEND TUESDAY CLASS EACH WEEK, 4:15 TO 6:15PM when scheduled

Be at the class on time.

 

·        CHECK YOUR E-MAIL TWICE EACH DAY

Check and respond to e-mail messages at least twice a day.

 

·       COMPETE AT 2 TOURNAMENTS:

 

221: DO PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE and when offered IMPROMPTU OR EXTEMP OR PLATFORM.

 

222: DO POLICY DEBATE.

Each tournament less than 2 is 1 full grade drop.

Talk with Jim if you have concerns.

Note: You must be enrolled in Rhetoric 121, 221, 222, or 401/402 in order to participate in the Whitman Forensics program and participation at tournaments is dependent on following the Team Participation Guidelines.

 

·        221: 3 TIMES COMPLETE A PARLI CASE AND 2 TIMES COMPLETE EXTEMP ARTICLES

 

3 PARLI CASES—3 TO 5 PAGES LONG

1) GOV: a parli case with an outlined set of arguments, add-ons and answers to expected opp. arguments for the MG speech;

2) OPP: oppositions strategies with outlined arguments, responses to the gov advantages/arguments, off-case positions, etc.

PLACE YOUR CASE INTO THE “10A-PUT CASES HERE FOR NIGEL” AND MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS PART OF THE FILE NAME.

DUE TUESDAY, THE WEEK BEFORE PARLI TOURNAMENTS (3 total Parli cases; total of 10 to 15 pages).

 

2 SETS OF EXTEMP FILES—20 ARTICLES

You will be assigned questions/areas to research. 20 ARTICLES NEEDED, with key lines/sections highlighted/underlined.

YOU SHOULD CHOOSE INDEPTH ARTICLES that are at least 2 or 3 pages long. MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOUR ARTICLES SHOULD ALLOW YOU TO ANSWER A QUESTION LIKELY TO BE GIVEN.

PLACE YOUR CASE INTO THE “10B-PUT EXTEMP ARTICLES HERE FOR NIGEL”

MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS PART OF THE FILE NAME.

DUE THE WEEK BEFORE TOURNAMENTS WITH IE’S (2 sets of Extemp Articles: Total 40 articles).

2 late assignments without notice of reasonable excuse: 1/3 grade drop.

Extemp Assignment not turned in: 1/3 grade drop.

Parli Case Assignment not turned in: 1/3 grade drop.

Assignment shows lack of effort on your part: 1/3 grade drop.

Put in the effort—produce a quality product on time: you are headed to an A.

 

·       222: PREPARE POLICY RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS

You are expected to COMPLETE A 30+ PAGE RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT AS ASSIGNED ON TUESDAY BEFORE EACH TOURNAMENT. 

2 late assignments without notice of reasonable excuse: 1/3 grade drop.

Assignment not turned in: 2/3 grade drop.

Assignment shows lack of effort on your part: 1/3 to 2/3 grade drop.

Put in the effort—produce a quality product on time: you are headed to an A.

 

·        PREP SESSIONS HAPPEN TUESDAYS BEFORE TOURNAMENTS.

If your research is done, be at the Prep Session for 1 hour.

If your research is not done, be at the Prep Session for 4 hours.

·        6 HOURS PREP EACH WEEK

--Engage in drills, Prepare arguments in the Prep Rooms for 6 hours each and every week until the last tournament of the semester is completed.

--Take care of homework, test preparation, papers, etc. so that they do not interfere. 6 HOUR PREPING IS CLASS TIME AND IT IS REQUIRED.

Late for two drills without notice of reasonable excuse: 1/3 grade drop.

Don’t show up or don’t put in an effort in drills: 1/3 grade drop.

Put in the effort—come to drills on time and participate fully—building and growing: you are headed to an A.

Same thing goes for Prep Sessions.

 

·        ASSIST IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE TOURNAMENTS THAT WHITMAN HOSTS

You must do 2 things to assist with the Whitman hosted Tournament:

1.   Do a job for the tournament as directed by Jim

Your job usually will be during the week of the tournament including inputting room information, setting up chairs, helping the tab room, etc.

2.   You will also work during the tournament.

HS Tournament Nov. 1 – 3 (at all times).

WNPT Nov. 17 – 18 (policy only for short times)

Classic Tournament Feb. 15-17 (policy only for short times).

NW Rockies Feb. 23-24 (parli ony for short times).

You will NOT be excused from your tournament obligations for parties, dances, visits with parents, going to movies, concerts, friends, etc. You may not leave early without permission. You will be excused from your obligation to the tournament ONLY for emergencies, classes and scheduled work. Excuses including for illnesses, deaths in the family, etc. are granted but you will still have team service. Failure to work at the tournament or to leave early or arrive late without excuse will mean team service at 150% of the time you miss.

·       JUDGE AT THE INTRAMURAL DEBATE CONTEST

THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 4:20 TO 6PM.

THURSDAY, APR. 11, 4:20 TO 6PM.

--Get a Debater and Judge: $30 honorarium.

--Get a Debater and don’t judge? $15 and 1 hour team service for each missed round (unless excused by Jim)

--No Debater? No money and you Judge or Debate.

--No Debater and you don’t judge? No money and 1 hour team service for each missed round (unless excused by Jim)

 

·        ENGAGE IN FOUR HOURS OF TEAM SERVICE

Help with the 121 class, Team Projects; you can pick from opportunities that Jim provides. Often done after thanksgiving break in the fall; after spring break in the spring.

Deadline for Team Service is Reading Day. If late, you’ll have four additional days to complete 150% of your remaining team service time.

For each hour of team service not completed, your grade drops 1/3.

When you help the team out and complete your team service, you are headed for an A.

 

THE TEAM'S SCHEDULE

Who gets to travel? Jim will announce this; for a general guide see the Team Participation Guidelines

 

 


 

Note: You must be enrolled in Rhetoric 121, 221, 222, or 401/402 in order to compete on the Whitman Debate team and participation at tournaments is dependent on following the Team Participation Guidelines.

 

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