Speech & Debate for Grades 6-8 and 9-12
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- All classes cover similar areas of communications but are adjusted according to level.
- Continuing enrollment, from year to year, means opportunity for continued growth.
- Class assignments are varied from year to year with a few favorites repeated.
Noteworthy Aspects of the Course
- Students are not evaluated on a curve but against their own prior performances which serves to propel individual growth.
- Assignments that require outside of class preparation are alternated with assignments that require little or no outside preparation. There is also an attempt to keep load lighter during finals.
- This class is for students who are reluctant as well as those who thrive on performing (and every student in between those two extremes).
- New assignments are almost always given at the top of the class. This increases the importance of being on time.
- Listen & Learn (instruction, new assignments, notes)
- Performances & Review (from peers & instructor) or in-class time to work on group assignments
The year focuses on four main areas:
- Focus on Speech
- Introductions and Creating Class Connections
- Assignments likely to include
- platform speaking (an original composition, either fully scripted or fully outlined)
- Literature Interpretation (somewhat similar to acting)
- Limited Preparation Speaking (speeches that require little or no at home preparation.
- Teaching and Evaluation will include every aspect of delivery.
- Focus on Debate
- Elements of Argumentation
- Common Fallacies
- 4 Point Refutation
- Focus on Special Assignment: such Mock Trial or Podcasting
- Mock Trial: introduction to the various roles people play in court trials (judge, attorney, defendant, bailiff, etc.); introduction to terms and procedures commonly used in court trials; analyzing testimony and role playing
- Podcasting: introduction to engaging an audience; drafting the script;, interviewing others; tools for recording editing and mixing
- Final Projects (individual & group)
- Individual assignment to be determined but likely to be an assignment that involves the use of persuasive techniques.
- Group Assignment: to be determined.