Summer 2019 Labs

Lincoln Douglas

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"In this one-on-one format, students debate a topic provided by the National Speech & Debate Association. Topics range from individual freedom versus the collective good to economic development versus environmental protection. Students may consult evidence gathered prior to the debate but may not use the Internet in round. An entire debate is roughly 45 minutes and consists of constructive speeches, rebuttals, and cross-examination."

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Policy

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"Policy debate is a two-on-two debate that focuses on one policy question for the entire duration of the academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students have the opportunity to cross-examine one another." 

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Public Forum

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"Public Forum debate involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Proceeding a coin toss, the winners choose which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining option. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Often times community members are recruited to judge this event."

National Speech and Debate Association

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Elementary & Middle School

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Interested in a camp that is specifically tailored for Elementary and Middle School? GMDI hosts a separate day camp for campers rising into grades 4-8. Classes are shorter, students have designated recess time, and are taught a curriculum tailored to and simplified for their age group. 


Entering the second year of this camp option, we are excited to bring it back after massive parent demand for a repeat!


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