Summary: Debates can be won and lost in the crossfires of the round. In this download, we cover the principles of successful crossfire.
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Traditionally, academic debate allows one side of the debate to give a “cross-examination.” This is where one side asks questions of the other, hoping to gain understanding of the opponent’s position as well as win some admissions. Equal time is allowed for each side to get their time to ask questions of their opponent.
Public forum introduces a unique kind of cross-examination called “crossfire.” Crossfire resembles a small group of people questioning one another, like a panel discussion you would view on television. It is not a cross-examination as you would see in a court of law where a witness is being interrogated by a trained lawyer. In crossfire, one side starts the questioning, but then reverts to the other side asking the next question.
In each public forum debate round you participate, you will be a part of two kinds of crossfire. First, you will crossfire following the constructive or the rebuttal speeches. Whether you are the first or second speaker for your team will determine the crossfire you are in. Second, you will participate in the Grand Crossfire where all four debaters will participate in a very large exchange. By rule, the first speaking team asks the first question, then questions alternate between the two sides.
You will soon realize that debates can be won and lost in the crossfires of the round. In this lesson, we will first cover some basic principles of crossfire. Next, we will explore how to ask and answer questions appropriately and effectively. We will conclude listing the unique strategies of the Grand Crossfire…
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