Elementary School Debate

General Background & Format

General Introduction PPT Lecture

Speech Templates

Topic Specific Lessons

Also checkout the "Topics Resources & Argument Ideas" page

Demonstration Videos

Middle School Debate

General Background & Format

Utah Debate Manual - Great collection of lessons, activities, and explanation of different events, but note that some of the specifications and event procedures are outdated. Please consult the individual tournament invitation or the rules page. 

    • Click on 'Materials' and it will take you to a Google Drive of resources
    • The '2-Lectures' folder is particularly useful

Topic Specific Lessons

Demonstration Videos

Individual Speaking Events

Extemporaneous Speaking

Original Oratory

Informative Speaking



Coaching Guide for Beginner Debaters

Coaching Speaking Style

Coaching the Affirmative

Coaching the Negative

20 Tips for Debaters


Additional Topics