The Arnett-Malsin lab is focused on helping students take the next step in their debate career. A number of focal points guide our curriculum:
- Debating and Drills — Nothing is more important to this lab than debating. Students will be offered daily opportunities for practice debates, speech redos, and participation in various drills. You will begin giving speeches on your first day of lab. Speech redos will be required after each debate. An assortment of exercises e.g. extending a DA, answering a link turn, overviews, will be offered on a regular basis. Debating will be a constant of the lab experience even during heavy research times.
- Research — A sophisticated comprehension of key topic issues and the ability to produce complete arguments are crucial to making the transition to the elite level of high school debate. This lab will focus on both those goals. Students will be responsible for producing complete arguments individually or in small groups. Lab leaders will work with students on assignments at every step of the process giving daily updates and suggestions. The range of possible research topics will be flexible and students will have much input into this process. We will emphasize the core topic issues, which ensures that students will be prepared to debate primary topic controversies as they begin the season. Each part of the argument construction process will be taught including initial affirmative and negative waves, block writing, and updating arguments over the course of the workshop.
- Theory and Strategy – The last piece of this puzzle is teaching sophisticated approaches to breaking down the topic and debate. What makes a good affirmative? How to approach the beginning of the year from the negative perspective? Complex theory debates will be explored covering the spectrum of debate argument e.g. Kritik, Topicality, Counterplans. It is the goal of this lab to teach students to be their own coaches and be able to win a debate starting with the beginning brainstorming stage of argument production, moving to the block writing process, and finishing with in-round execution. Advanced theory and strategy will be woven in and out of the curriculum to help guide this aim.
Brown/sharp FleX Lab
There are labs that train you to believe that manipulating the nuts and bolts of policymaking is the only skill that matters and there are labs that teach you that only arguments that begin with K are at all interesting or valuable. If that is what you are looking for, then look elsewhere. We are delighted to introduce the debut of Quantum Lab, the very first summer debate camp experience that is specifically designed to cultivate flex in your debating. Regardless of your preference for argumentation, this lab will ensure you refine your skills in the lane that you prefer while adding new components to your toolkit as well. This means that we will work on technical components of argumentation as well as give lectures on Kritikal literature that applies to the topic and how to properly introduce those claims into debates. The lab will be big on work, but just as big on fun and creating new experiences. You can’t say debate camp was fun if the only thing you leave with is new arguments.