Public Speaking, Debate: For DWCA Students

*This program is for Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy Students ONLY

Class Dates: January 8th - March 8th (8 weeks)
$200 for 8 classes
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Monday: 1/11, 18, 25, 2/1, 8, 22, 3/1, 8
4:00 - 4:55pm Grade 5-6
5:00 - 5:55pm Grade 7-8

Friday: 1/8, 15, 22, 29, 2/5, 12, 26, 3/5
5:30 - 6:25pm Grade 3
6:30 - 7:25pm Grade 4


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Grade

Description

For Grade 3-4: Students will learn how to form and create ideas as well as develop their speaking and listening skills. Some writing will also be incorporated into the class as it will help our student record their thoughts and big ideas. Students will learn to transfer the "big idea" from the speaker's mind to the audience. This is a great opportunity to create something worth saying as they focus on the topic and its meaning.

Grade 3

Week 1 : Eye Contact, Posture and Volume – Students will discuss the three basic elements of public speaking
Week 2 : Tone inflection – Students will learn tone inflection.
Week 3 : Hand Gestures – Students will learn how to employ hand gestures in a speech
Week 4 : Adventure Speech Writing – Students will learn to write and deliver a speech about an adventure.
Week 5 : Personal Speech Writing – Students will learn to write and deliver a speech about their best personal quality.
Week 6 : Impromptu Speech – Students will learn how to write and deliver an impromptu speech.   
Week 7 : Final Speech Part 1 – Students will be given 5 prompts from which they can prepare a 3 minute speech.
Week 8 : Final Speech Part 2 – Students will deliver their final speech and receive an evaluation.

Grade 4

Week 1 : Essential Techniques – Students will learn physical, bodily, and vocal techniques to reinforce speech.     
Week 2 : Problem/Solution Speech – Students will learn to write a deliver a speech containing a problem and solution.
Week 3 : Logical Speech Writing – Students will learn how to write and deliver a speech that appeals to logic.
Week 4 : Pathos Appeal – Students will learn how to appeal and stir and audience’s emotions when speaking.   
Week 5 : The Art of the Progressive Speech – Students will write a speech discussing a change that can be made in their schools or any part of the American Education system.   
Week 6 : Argumentative Speech – Students will learn how to construct and deliver an argumentative speech.
Week 7 : Comparative Argumentative Speech – Students will learn how to make comparative argumentative speeches that highlight essential differences between two ideas or stances.
Week 8 : Analytical Argumentative Speech – Students will learn how to construct argumentative speeches that utilize statistics and qualified sources to reinforce a main point.

For Grade 5-8: Students will learn the basics of argumentation, some advanced debate techniques, and participate in a mini-tournament. This class includes our Impact Analysis and Audience Persuasion classes from our Learn to Debate series and no prior debate experience is required to participate. Each class will include both a short lecture followed by an activity to help students learn the skill being taught during the lecture portion of class. Students will learn how to form arguments, listen to their opponents, develop critical thinking skills, and discern the difference between reliable and unreliable sources for evidence. This will allow students to learn to speak to a diversity of different people in order to learn how to adapt their arguments to the audience they're speaking to. By the end of the week students will have developed their public speaking skills, logical reasoning, as well as their ability to listen to and understand others.

Grade 5, 6

Week 1 : What are the parts of an argument? – Discussion on the basic components of an argument.
Week 2 : How does one deliver an argument? – Students will learn how to deliver an argument before a skeptical audience.
Week 3 : Try to Contest an argument – Students will learn how to directly refute an argument.
Week 4 : How to ask and answer questions – Ways to ask and answer questions during a debate will be explored through fun drills and exercises.
Week 5 : How to ask and answer questions – Ways to ask and answer questions during a debate will be explored through fun drills and exercises.
Week 6 : Improper Arguments – We will learn how to spot and respond to improper arguments or fallacies.  
Week 7 : Closing Arguments – Students will learn the function of a closing argument in various formats of debate.
Week 8 : Final Tournament – Students will compete against one another by debating a pre announced topic.

Grade 7, 8

Week 1 : What does it mean to scale arguments? – Students will learn how to scale arguments against one another.
Week 2 : Taking Good Notes – Students will learn various note taking strategies used in the highest levels of competition.
Week 3 : Aristotle’s Greek Debate Tactics – Students about the Aristotelian appeals as they manifest in competitive debate.
Week 4 : Quick Witted Debate – Students will learn the intricacies of debate strategy that emphasizes quickness and efficiency.
Week 5 : The Art of Negation – Students will learn the advanced ways to contest and ultimately disprove a well- developed argument.
Week 6 : Advanced Logical Fallacies – While there are more than enough logical fallacies to fill a book, students will learn advanced fallacies that often occur in everyday debate.   
Week 7 : Big Picture Framing Arguments – Students will learn how to make arguments that emphasize what issues should matter or be prioritized in a discussion. 
Week 8 : Final Tournament – Students will compete against one another by debating a pre announced topic for advanced students.