Students learn debate skills every week while participating in practice debates to strengthen what they have learned. Students gain experience in public speaking, argumentative writing, and critical thinking.
The topic for each practice debate is given one week in advance along with resources for students to learn more about the topic and think about arguments. Students will be asked to write one paragraph in support of the topic and one paragraph in opposition to it before each class to confirm understanding of the topic and make more efficient use of the in-class preparation time.
Students learn to think on their feet and speak confidently in front of others as they deliver impromptu and extemporaneous speeches each week. Students gain practice responding to a prompt on short notice and with little time to prepare. Goals include improving public speaking skills, building confidence, and understanding how to captivate an audience.
Students take public speaking to the next level as they conduct research and present a lecture about a topic of their choice. Weekly lessons include how to research a topic using reliable sources, how to use props and visual aids when explaining a concept, and how to spark interest in a topic when presenting to others.
Club registration includes the corresponding tournament for no additional fee. Clubs are available for 4th through 6th graders and for 7th through 9th graders.
|Month (Course)||Tournament Date|
|October (Debate League)||10/30/2021|
|November (Speech Club)||12/4/2021|
|December (Presentations Club)||1/8/2022|
|January (Debate League)||1/29/2022|