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Mastering Competitive Debate

Grades 9–12

The must-have basics for all competitive debate formats

Current information about all competitive debate formats make this text a must for your students. The content focuses on policy debate, with additional chapters covering Lincoln-Douglas debate, student congress, mock trial, parliamentary debate, and public forum debate. 346 pages.

A digital Student Edition features six-year online access.


  • Each chapter begins with student objectives based on National Communcation Association standards as well as individual state standards. Clear examples and graphics throughout the text help debaters understand
    • debate history and theory
    • debate ethics
    • argumentation
    • rebuttals
    • defense
    • flowing
    • briefing
    • traditional and electronic research
  • Chapter overviews include student objectives, key vocabulary, and an introduction.
  • Charts and organizers enhance learning.

Teacher Guide

  • chapter activities for individuals, teams, or the entire class
  • chapter quizzes and answer keys
  • preparation for tournaments
  • tournament management
  • grading strategies
  • sample ballots
  • a bibliography and resource list


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