LD/Modest Novice information

Note: At its 6/30/18 Board meeting, the KHSSL Board of Directors decided to extend the LD/Modest Novice debate topic time period through December of each year.

The structure of an LD round is set out here.

Here’s a solid text for How to Do LD Debate.

Essential to understanding Social Contract ideas is John Locke’s 2nd Treatise on Government.  Here’s an edited version.

Here’s a good guide to writing cases, written by a former debater.  His guide to strategy is also good.

A model for case structure is here.  A negative case will be the same, only with two contentions rather than three.

Some ideas can be found at the Modest Novice website, when the practice was rolled out in the Northeast.  There is a link to the Victory Briefs handbook on the topic, when it was used as the NFL National topic a few years ago.

Thoreau’s “Resistance to Civil Government” is an essential read/discussion tool for this topic, and it’s accessible to 9th graders.

Another take, bringing in more than just the usual suspects, is here.

Judge Napolitano takes a look at natural law and positive law here.

Sample affirmative cases are here, here, and here.

A sample Neg case is here.

Here’s an analytical article.

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