For a number of years I have been writing commentary about Connecticut Debate Association topics and debate. You can find this material through the CDA Training Material page.
I’d like to extend this practice to the Middle School League. This, Scrimmage Commentary Nov14, is my first effort, based on the demonstration debates at our Novice Scrimmages at Bethel and Smith Middle Schools.
There is a brief discussion of three topics: taking notes, defining terms and covering arguments. I also include a summary of my notes for each of the demo rounds, so your students can see examples of what debate notes might look like.
If you find this material useful, you should feel free to make copies and share it with your students as you see fit. If you notice any mistakes, or have any suggestions for improvement, please email me.