Outline for Writing an Affirmative Lincoln-Douglas Debate Case
Name _________________________________ Period ________ Tournament Debate
OUTLINE for an AFFIRMATIVE Lincoln-Douglas Debate Case
With these words in mind, I stand firmly resolved that: (state resolution)
For the sake of clarification in this debate, I would like to define the following terms from
My value for this debate is ____________________ because _____________ is ___________________________________________________________________.
My value criterion is _____________________________ because it is the best tool with which to measure if my value is being upheld in this debate.
I have three contentions (arguments), each of which upholds my value:
My 1st contention is that: (state the title of this contention)
My 2nd contention is that: (state the title of this contention)
My 3rd contention is that: (state the title of this contention)
Contention 1: (repeat title of your contention)
EXPLANATION of your contention using logic and reasoning:
EVIDENCE and/or EXPERT opinion supporting this contention
(Do the same for Contentions 2 & 3)
In conclusion, having supported my value of ________________, I urge an affirmation of the resolution that (restate resolution) ________________________________________________.