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FLOWING. By Dr. Kevin Meyer Director of Forensics @ ISU & Donny Peters Director of Debate @ ISU. Preview. Importance of flowing Necessary materials Setting up your flow What to write on your flow Flowing techniques Advantages of flowing on computer Flowing by speech Suggestions

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Flowing

FLOWING

By Dr. Kevin Meyer

Director of Forensics @ ISU

&

Donny Peters

Director of Debate @ ISU


Preview
Preview

  • Importance of flowing

  • Necessary materials

  • Setting up your flow

  • What to write on your flow

  • Flowing techniques

  • Advantages of flowing on computer

  • Flowing by speech

  • Suggestions

  • Exercise


Why flow
WHY FLOW

  • Why is flowing important?



Materials needed
MATERIALS NEEDED

LEGAL SIZE PAPER

DIFFERENT COLOR PENS




Setting up your flow1
SETTING UP YOUR FLOW

  • Make 8 Equal Columns: First Affirmative Constructive, First Negative Constructive, 2nd Affirmative Constructive, The Negative Block, 1st Affirmative Rebuttal, 2nd Negative Rebuttal, and 2nd Affirmative Rebuttal.

  • For off case arguments started in the 1NC, you only need 7 columns.


What do you write on your flow
WHAT DO YOU WRITE ON YOUR FLOW

In order of importance:

  • Claim or Conclusion

  • Citations – author’s name and date

  • Summary of Evidence



Flowing techniques
FLOWING TECHNIQUES

  • Each Major Issue in the Debate Should Get its Own Sheet of Paper.

    Space Reasons – you would never have room to fit all the arguments from entire debate in one column.

    Organization Issues – allows you to keep issue separate on a separate sheet of paper for analysis.

    Strategic Reasons – allows you to strategically shuffle the order that you address issues in the debate.


Flowing techniques1
FLOWING TECHNIQUES

2. Write Small – as you need to fit lots of information in narrow columns, the smaller you write the more neatly you can fit the arguments on the flow.


Flowing techniques2
FLOWING TECHNIQUES

3. Use 2 Different Colors

1 color for your team

1 color for opposition


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FLOWING TECHNIQUES

4.Abbreviate – formulate abbreviation system which will allow you to get more arguments down on the flow.


Flowing techniques4
FLOWING TECHNIQUES

5. Write Neatly – you need to be able to read off your flowsheet during the debate!


Flowing techniques5
FLOWING TECHNIQUES

6. Leave Space between Arguments


Advantages of flowing on your computer
Advantages of flowing on your computer

  • You can typically type faster than you can write

  • You do not need to worry about neat handwriting

  • Partners can share their flows easier. No need to rewrite an entire speech for back flowing

  • Easier to organize flows


Advantages to flowing on your computer
Advantages to flowing on your computer

  • Easier to save flows

  • More difficult to lose flows

  • Easier to correct or fill in gaps in flow

  • No need to waste paper


Flowing by speech
Flowing by speech

  • 1AC: Everyone flows this speech (Affirmative should have speech preflow)

  • 1NC: Everyone should flow (Negative should have preflow)

  • 2AC: Everyone flows (1A should backflow for the 2A)

  • 2NC: Everyone except 1NR flows this speech


Flowing by speech1
Flowing by speech

  • 1NR: Everyone

  • 1AR: Everyone- You must have a complete flow of this speech

  • 2NR: Everyone

  • 2AR: Everyone, especially 1N


Suggestions
Suggestions

  • Don’t ever stop

  • Be organized

  • Preflow

  • Backflow- Use your partner


Suggestions1
Suggestions

  • Label your arguments

  • Always keep your flows handy

  • Don’t lose your flows

  • Consult with your partner

  • Flow on your computer if possible



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