US Debate and Public Speaking
This course, recommended for students who are experienced debaters, continues the study of debate with an emphasis on research using a variety of literary and technical genres; advanced forms and types of argumentation; and delivery. Students are expected to organize and write position papers as well as present oral arguments on elements related to the year's Policy, Lincoln Douglas or Public Forum topics.
This course will seek to familiarize students with various forms and types of arguments; types of logic and reasoning systems (and their corresponding fallacies); types and methods of research; and means of organization, preparation and presentation. Multiple speech and debate formats will be engaged including Policy debate, Lincoln Douglas debate, Public Forum debate, Impromptu Speaking, Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation and Extemporaneous Speaking. Argumentation theory will also be studied in an effort to understand and appreciate argument and debate as epistemic.
This course continues the study of debate with an emphasis placed on in-depth investigation of concepts introduced during Middle School debate. Students will be introduced to research using a variety of literary and technical genres. Argumentation theory will also be studied in an effort to understand and appreciate argument and debate as epistemic. Research skills, oral presentation and critical thinking will be stressed throughout.
This course provides an introduction to the many aspects of communication. Students are engaged through graded public speeches; listening exercises; interpersonal and small-group communication activities and projects; studies and critiques of mass-media and propaganda strategies; as well as research methods and strategies. Students view outstanding examples of discourse from all of these genres of communication. While performance is stressed, students will also be required to evaluate each of their own performances and those of their classmates.