2014/15 CMSDL Core Files Resources
The SY2015 Chicago Middle School Debate League Core Files are available for download and printing:
SY2015 CMSDL Core Files Supplement
SY2015 CMSDL Core Files Outlines
These outlines are the exact argument labels found in the CMSDL Core Files, with all of the evidence removed. The outlines can be used to teach and learn the Core Files arguments first, before delving into the more complex textual evidence.
SY2015 CMSDL Core Files Strategy Guide
The SY2015 CMSDL Core Files Strategy Guide is intended to help new debaters set their strategy and plan their First Negative Constructive (1NC) speeches against each of the Core Files Cases. It also makes suggestions about how much of the 13-minute Negative Block (the 2NC and 1NR speeches, which come back-to-back in a policy debate round) should be devoted to each of the issues introduced in the 1NC.
SY2015 CMSDL Core Files Printing Vendor
This year we are using Ink Spot, a Division of Riverside Graphics, as our printing vendor, though you are welcome to use your own vendor or make your own copies, of course.
Email Ink Spot with the following information, at email@example.com (attention: Dan Moss):
— Specify CMSDL (MS) Core Files
— Number of sets
— Address of delivery, including coach’s name
— Provide method of payment (PO number or credit card info)
Sets are $7.50 each. Delivery is by UPS Ground — they will provide delivery cost, but it will range from $13 – $22. Delivery will take about 3 – 5 days from the date of the provision of method of payment. The Ink Spot’s phone number is 773-528-0288. Dan Moss is our contact.
SY2015 CMSDL Core Files
The SY2015 CMSDL Core Files Strategy Guide is intended to help new debaters set their strategy and plan their First Negative Constructive (1NC) speeches against each of the Core Files Cases. It also makes suggestions about how much of the 8.5-minute Negative Block (the 2NC and 1NR speeches, which come back-to-back in a policy debate round) should be devoted to each of the issues introduced in the 1NC.
Affirmatives on the Oceans Topic is a presentation summarizing the affirmatives in the CMSDL Core Files and identifying some of the strategic aspects of each.
CMSDL Core Files File Labels
The SY2015 CMSDL Core Files File Labels should be printed on address labels — Avery 5160, a standard 30-labels-per-page product — and then the labels can be affixed to file folders. Each label has the page numbers that should be put in that file folder. Using these labels can make filing the Core Files fairly easy even for inexperienced debaters.
Core Files File Folders
In order to be prepared to compete, each CMSDL team needs to have a tub, within which is a set of Core Files, properly filed.
As to file folders, manilla file folders are easy to find, and still pretty cheap. We recommend the single (or “straight”) tab (rather than the 1/3 or 1/2 tab), as then when the debaters add file folder with additional arguments during the season, they don’t have to worry about the “left-center-right” sequencing.
Some people like colorful file folders, just for the fun of it.
Another clever tool to keep things tidy are hanging folders, which you can use to subfile more extensive debate arguments.
Some debaters prefer accordion (or expanding) files to file folders. Here is a solid accordion file option.
Core Files Tubs
As to the tubs in which students will put their file folders full of evidence, we recommend the half-tubs for the CMSDL, one of these two options:
And the black half-tub
Here’s an interesting debate product: a tub-cart.