Participation for All: A Guide to Legislative Debate

Participation for All: A Guide to Legislative Debate
Michael K. Middleton
SKU: 978-1-932716-20-7
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Participation for All: A Guide to Legislative Debate offers readers a one-stop guide to participating in and organizing student congresses. It presents background on legislative assemblies, describes the activities involved in a session, and provides a step-by-step guide to the procedural rules that govern most student congresses. Section 1: Introducing Legislative Debate discusses the goal and benefits of student congresses, and the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of the legislative model of debate. Section 2: Getting Started: The Basics of Student Congress focuses on the rules of procedure and guides you through a student congress session, showing you how the rules are used in practice. Section 3: Participating in Legislative Debate: Introduction to Key Activities introduces you to the major activities that occur in legislative forums. Section 4: Conducting Competitive Congresses: Guidelines for Coaches, Judges, and Hosts provides practical guidance for organizing a student congress. Extensive appendixes offer help on encouraging quality debate; dealing with motions; crafting resolutions, declarations and amendments; and tabulating.

Michael K. Middleton is a graduate fellow and assistant director of forensics in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Before coaching at Utah, he coached at California State University-Long Beach after eight years of experience in competitive forensics, including both debate and student congress (youth parliament). He also teaches regularly at national institutes in events such as Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Student Congress.

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