Daniel Cantrell
Daniel Cantrell
Professor of Communication & Forensics Coach
Office: 26D-1441 (forensics room)
Phone: (909) 274-6310
Email: dcantrell3@mtsac.edu
Homepage: https://faculty.mtsac.edu/dcantrell3

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  • Spring 2016

SPCH 20H – IPDA Debate Handout - FACT DEBATES 



A one-on-one debate format that emphasizes research, organization, logic, delivery, and refutation. The topic will be known ahead of time and you should prepare to debate on both sides of the resolution. A fact debate argues about is or is not true on a criteria of preponderance of significant evidence.

On all three debate days (3/23, 3/28, 3/30) you should be prepared to both debate and judge. You will be randomly assigned to either pro or con on each of the topics.  For each day, prepare your 1st affirmative or 1st negative speech for your written assignment.  Please bring that typed and ready at the start of case. Your "preparation time" will be done before class. 

This debate will be done in small groups. On the days you are not debating, you will be judging debates.


We will be doing a practice debate day on 3/23.

Topic: Motorcycles are dangerous

Affirmative Debaters: Justin, Hillman, Carol, Kathy, Tiffany, Prez, Edward, Maggie

Negative Debaters: Shantel, Hanna, Jared, Monica, Abraham, Shahar, Sylvia, Michael W., Jacqueline


Structure & Time Limits


  • 1st Affirmative = 4 minutes (present 4 reasons)
  • Negative Cross-Examination of Affirmative = 1 minute
  • 1st Negative  = 5 minutes (present 3 counter-reasons and refute aff reasons)
  • Affirmative Cross-Examination of Negative = 1 minute
  • 2nd Affirmative = 3 minutes (refute negative counter-reasons and defend reasons)
  • 2nd Negative = 4 minutes (defend counter-reasons & provide summary)
  • 3rd Affirmative = 2 minutes (provide summary)

 Total Time: ~ 20 minutes




Topic: The Minimum wage should be $15 an hour

Affirmative: Justin, Shantel, Hillman, Hannah, Carol, Jared, Kathy, Monica


Negative: Tiffany, Abraham, Prez, Shahar, Edward, Sylvia, Maggie, Michael W., Jacqueline



Topic: The ends justify the means


AffirmativeTiffany, Abraham, Prez, Shahar, Edward, Sylvia, Maggie, Michael W., Jacqueline


NegativeJustin, Shantel, Hillman, Hannah, Carol, Jared, Kathy, Monica





This debate is worth 100 points. 80 points will be based on turning in written assignments (2 main speeches – each worth 30 points, practice speech worth 20 points). The remaining 20 points will be based on judging other debates in class (10 points per day). If you do not debate one day you will have a 50 point deduction in your grade. If you miss both debate days you will have a 100 point deduction.


All written assignments are due on the day that you are assigned to debate. Please do not email me your written assignments. Please use the case brief template provided online and turned in atyped copy.

If you have any questions please email me at dcantrell3@mtsac.edu

Last Updated: 6/3/19
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