The SSIS Debate Club Cordially Invites You To The
NSDA Vietnam Debate Tournament
Resolution: Birthright Citizenship Should Be Abolished in the US
Saturday, March 20, 2021
9:00 - 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:00 - 3:30 pm
Now online via the NSDA Campus Platform.
- Participants will use their Tabroom.com accounts to connect.
- Detailed instructions have been sent to registered participants.
- Teams must register through their teacher advisor by February 1, 2021.
- Non-refundable participation fee* per debater 150,000 VND (300,000 VND/team).
- Coaches should email email@example.com with the full list of registered teams.
Day of Tournament
- All participants are expected to dress in professional business attire (slacks/skirt, collared shirt/blouse, ties for male students).
- Each team is guaranteed to debate three rounds. Their scores will determine advancement.
- The top two teams will qualify to compete in NSDA Nationals.
- The top three teams will receive a trophy and medals.
- Each debater will receive a certificate of participation.
Technology and Notes During Tournament
- Debaters are required to have their opening speeches pre-written and should have a lot of notes to be working from as they generate arguments on their laptop.
- Debaters should have all documents that they need printed, printed. We will not provide any printing services on-site.
- During prep time (2 minutes per side), students may search the internet. The time restriction prevents this from being much use.
- Debaters may (and are encouraged to) pass notes to their partner. They may not converse during speeches.
*Pizza lunch and snacks will be provided
Below you will find several resources to help prepare your teams.
Under the "Teachers/Coaches" tab you will find lesson plans to follow. The lessons can be teacher-led or students can follow the lessons on their own. The lesson plans are designed to start in January and lead up to the tournament.
Under the "Students" tab, debaters will find additional documentation and resources. The aim of the resources is to help craft their arguments for and against the debate tournament resolution: "Birthright Citizenship Should Be Abolished in the US."
To help prepare your teams, we have created a lesson plan for you to follow. The lesson plans have been designed to start in January and lead up to the tournament. We suggest meeting one (1) hour per week.
Prior to introducing the first lesson, we suggest holding an introductory meeting, using this NSDA Debate Tournament Introduction Slideshow. It outlines the details of the tournament.
Subsequent meetings can follow the lesson plans or be adjusted to meet the needs of your students. Note that the lessons have been designed so that students can follow them on their own, if necessary.
The SSIS debate executive team would be happy to consult or provide additional resources.
Lesson 1 - Introduction to Public Forum Debate
Learning goal: Familiarize students with the Public Forum Debate format and its components
- Give each debater a copy of the "Guide to Public Forum" (Google Doc).
- Show the videos from the SSIS internal tournament.
- Using the Guide to Public Forum, examine the strategies the debaters use.
- With help from the current tournament resolution, define the key terms and make a T-chart with brainstormed points for pro and con, i.e. for and against it. Remind students that they will need to be prepared to argue both the pros and cons of passing the resolution.
- For the next meeting, task students with choosing a partner, so that they can start planning collaboratively.
Videos for this lesson:
Lesson 2 - Drafting Your Opening Speeches
Learning goal: Understand the components of an argument and how to write an opening speech
- Get teams to commit to participation in the tournament and solidify the groups. Those who proceed from here should work with a partner and prepare for the possibility of debating both pro and con.
- Watch the screencast about the components of an argument.
- Provide students with this argument construction handout.
- Get partners to work together to draft both pro and con opening speeches. Use the outline provided here to guide them.
Extension: Play "Intro to PF Debate" (Kahoot)
Video for this lesson:
Lesson 3 - Research
Learning goal: Learn how to find quality information that bolsters arguments for and against the resolution; learn how to verbally cite sources
- Check out our research resources tab on this website
- Make sure students have at least 3 sources to bolster potential arguments for pro, and 3 sources for con.
- Watch this short TED Ed video on rhetorical appeals.
- Have debaters scan their planning for balance in the rhetorical triangle. Do they have credible sources (ethos)? Do they have data and statistics that illustrate the magnitude of the effect (logos)? Have they told stories that connect with the listeners' emotions (pathos)?
- Review the remaining components of debate that follow the opening speech. The screencast below may help.
Material for this lesson:
Lesson 4 - Add Some Rhetoric Flare
Learning goal: Incorporate rhetorical devices to make your communication more persuasive
Lesson 5 - Rebuttal Techniques
Learning goal: Learn what to consider when responding to arguments and what to do if you get stuck during crossfire
- Print a copy of the sheet "Rebuttal Strategies in Debate" for each team.
- Pair debate teams against each other.
- Ask team A to state one of their single contentions to team B. Have the opponents brainstorm multiple ways to challenge that contention. Repeat with team A brainstorming how to challenge team B's contention.
- Go through the concepts in the "Judging Public Forum Debate" packet. Remind students about reasons to question an argument and angles to consider.
- Mix up the pairs and ask the new team A and team B to read their entire opening speeches (4 minutes each) to one another. Remind them to flow (take notes) while listening. Follow with an extended (6 minute) grand crossfire in which everyone asks and responds to questions. They can consult the tips below for ideas if they get stuck.
Lesson 6 - Practice
Learning goal: Give "real" debate a go, reflect and refine techniques and arguments
- Pair up teams from your school against one another and have them engage in a timed public forum debate.
- Teachers judge, using the judging criteria and provide debaters feedback.
Lesson 7 - Judging Criteria and Final Practice
Learning goal: Understand the evaluation criteria that judges use, adjust students' debate practice to build confidence and improve in the criteria that will persuade the judges
- Have students re-examine the feedback from the previous lesson.
- Make sure students understand the scoring rubric.
- Pair up teams again, ideally against a different team than in lesson 6, for the final practice debate.
- Provide students with constructive feedback about what they can work on before the tournament.
Here's a collection of reliable resources to help you understand the issue of birthright citizenship in the USA and support positions for (pro) and against (con) its abolition.
Lateral Reading - Judging the Credibility of Unfamiliar Sources
US 14th Amendment - Section 1
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Articles on Birthright Citizenship
Birthright - PRO Resources
Birthright - CON Resources
About the NSDA Vietnam Debate Tournament
With this tournament, SSIS Debate Club aims introduce Public Forum debate to the international school community in Vietnam.
Debate helps students develop and strengthen their critical thinking and communication skills. By bringing students together to practice in friendly competitions, they will build their confidence and advocacy skills. Skills that will benefit them throughout high school, post-secondary studies and beyond.
About the SSIS Debate Club
Started two years ago, the SSIS Debate Club is a club devoted to debating in Public Forum debate (PFD) format. We have 32 members.
Debate club provides an appreciable playground for students who have passion in public speaking to show, practice, and develop their debate skills with other students.
In our club, we teach specific skills and tactics, creating interesting games that involve debate skills, and encourage students to think out of the box and step out from their comfort zone to master this important skill. We also hold tournaments throughout the year for students to participate and show what they have achieved.
About the NSDA (National Association of Speech and Debate)
As the national authority on public speaking and debate, the National Speech & Debate Association provides the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world, creating platforms for youth voices to be heard and celebrated. Each year, the NSDA competitions culminate with the National Tournament, the pinnacle of Public Speaking.