September Student Newsletter
September Student Newsletter

Welcome back to another year of speech and debate!

What's inside?

¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!
Check out topic analyses and other starter files for debate events, plus new Extemp questions and a new Congress docket. Resource Package subscribers get access to advanced resources. Also, learn about competitive scrimmages, ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and a new issue of Rostrum

Free Competitive Scrimmages

Join fellow speech and debate students across the nation for free, after-school, online practice sessions through our Springboard Series. During our online scrimmages, we hold one session of Congress and two rounds of speech and debate. You'll receive written feedback and NSDA members will earn points, although non-members are still welcome to compete. 

New Resource Hub

Visit our new Self-Guided Student Learning Resource Hub. Here, you'll find our newest and most popular resources that you can use to work on your speech and debate skills! Check out some of those resources below. 

Public Forum Starter Files

Check out the topic analysis for the September/October Public Forum topic, Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states. Resource Package subscribers can also access the advanced evidence guide.

Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis

Students can access the topic analysis for the September/October Lincoln-Douglas topic, Resolved: The member nations of the World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines. 

Policy Debate Starter Files

Get ahead with starter files on this year's policy topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.

Sample World Schools Debate Motions

Practice your World Schools Debate skills with new prompts, including This House supports colleges banning unvaccinated students from attending and This House regrets United States’ involvement in Afghanistan.

Big Questions Debate Topic Primer

Read the topic primer for the new Big Questions topic, Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice. Holding a Big Questions event can earn your team up to $2,500, so talk to your advisor about applying!  

Congress Legislation

Members can check out the September docket, including legislation like A Bill to Provide Recurring Stimulus Payments and A Resolution to Address Concerns with COVAX

Extemp Practice Questions

Practice U.S. or International Extemp with our new set of questions, including How can international organizations best help Haiti? and Does the U.S. need new federal legislation on voting rights?

Extemp Prep and Speech Breakdown

In this video, two-time United States Extemp national champion Jacqueline Wei preps for a speech and explains how she divides her time, chooses articles, avoids paywalls, chooses an answer to the question, narrows the scope, outlines her speech, and plans transitions. Then, watch it all come together as she delivers a speech answering the question, Should the U.S. retaliate against Russia for its cyber espionage activities?

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! We encourage your team to celebrate the month with our tools. You can even print out posters to hang up around school to recruit new members or in your squad room for inspiration! Check out all of our available resources here

Read the Latest Rostrum

The new issue features opportunities to try something new, ponder the advice of experts, and set your goals for the season. Don't miss advice from national champions and the new USA Debate team! 
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