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Syllabus

8/21 – stage fright, memorization, preparation, vocal and physical delivery, vocabulary. What is extemporaneous? Preparation, awareness, organization, logical arrangement. Delivery: critical thinking, logical analysis, usage of time, delivery skills. 

 

8/28 – expository speaking. Research, write a manuscript, arrange logically. Memorize, use humor and pathos. Original oration and rhetoric. Persuasive speeches to be given this week.

 

9/4 – introduction to debate. Three styles: Lincoln-douglas, policy, and public forum. We will focus on Lincoln douglas. Preparation: research and prep for both sides. Organizing and maintaining a system throughout the course. Logically arrange thoughts and arguments, as well as evidence. Delivery: memorize, usage of humor, delivery skills, usage of time.

 

9/11  - real world debates: academics, business, presentations, mass media reports. Logical syllogisms and fallacies. Ethics and philosophy (Thoreau, kant, hobbes, locke, mill, bentham, king, rawls, rand, rousseau, Aquinas, plato, Aristotle, and others.

 

9/18 – informative speeches will be given this week. In addition: structure of debate. Crossfire style, topic analysis, philosophy.

 

9/25 – Lincoln-douglas debate style: time management, cross examination, extensive research. Students will practice debating within this format.

 

10/2 - tribute speeches will be given this week. Students will also begin working on the writing process of debates. Arguments, counterarguments, evidence, cross examining.

 

10/9 – students will translate their written works into mock trials and debate competitions, in which we will talk through the processes step by step. Students will be allowed to look at notes and their reading resources to assist them.

 

10/16 [end of Speech/Debate] - students will take part in live in-class debates, exemplifying their knowledge of the course and its contents.