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Debate & Public Speaking Camp Level III: Speech Events, Speechwriting & Rhetoric

In this 2 month course, students will continue to develop their public speaking & debate skills through speech contests, trivia, games, prizes and more! 8 speech and debate events! 8 tournaments! 80 public speakers! 80 rhetorical skills!
Erik, Professor, J.D, MS, BS
860 total reviews for this teacher
10 reviews for this class
Completed by 74 learners
Class
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
9-14
year olds
5-18
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Description

Class Experience

1. Students will be prepared for speech events in competitive local, state or national tournaments.
2. Students will learn how to participate in speech and debate with or without a debate team at their school. 
3.  Students will learn advanced speech and debate skills. 
4.  Students will improve their understanding and practice of public speaking skills and specifically the skills of passion, ethos, logos, hand gestures, eye contact and body movement. 
5.  Students will improve their understanding and practice of speechwriting skills - introductions, conclusions, persuasive writing and research. 
7. Students will participate in a speech tournament and mini tournaments. 
8.  Students will learn various speech and debate formats. 
I have been involved in speech and debate as a student and educator my entire life.  I learned more in my Speech and Debate Club than all my high school, college and law school classes combined. I joined the Speech and Debate Team at my middle school because I was very shy of public speaking. I have been hooked in speech and debate since! 

I received my B.A. from U.C Berkeley, Jurist Doctorate from Hastings College of Law, and Masters Degree in Education at Pace University.  In 2002 I was accepted to Teach for America and I have been teaching since. I have been a public school teacher for ten years with the New York City Department of Education and taught speech and debate classes for about ten years with thousands of NYC students. My debaters have gone on to win city, state and national champion titles. I currently serve as Professor at Baruch College in the Communications Studies Department. I teach Debate and Argumentation classes as well as Political Rhetoric. 

As a teacher I helped to co-found the Big Apple Debate League which is now the NY Debate League. In 2011, I founded our city's Debate League with the mission that every middle school and high school should have a debate team. I served as Founder and Executive Director from 2011-2019 building the league into the largest citywide debate league in the nation, serving thousands of students every year.  In 2020, I left the nonprofit world, and I returned to my passion as a full time teacher! 

I have received numerous awards in education including the United States Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers Fellowship, Fund for Teachers Fellowship, Plank Foundation Fellowship, and Teach for America Innovation Award Finalist.

I love teaching. My grandparents, parents and my brother are all educators. There is nothing more fun than sharing your passion with others. 

My philosophy of teaching is learning should be fun and challenging.  I always begin my classes with current events trivia.  My lectures are interactive with movie clips, songs, puzzles and other engaging tools.  We always practice our public speaking and debate skills. All my classes end with a fun and competitive speech and debate practice or tournament.  My mission is all students should have access to speech and debate.

Press. Below are some news articles about me and my debaters! I owe everything to my own debate teacher and coach and so everyday my mission is to support future debaters! 

1. First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Erik and the Great Debaters
https://tinyurl.com/29u2cfpw

2. Bronx debate team one of 12 school groups nationally to get visit with Michelle Obama
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/skilled-young-orators-heading-white-house-article-1.1203407

3. New York City Teacher Creates After School Debate League Lauded by the White House
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10156172.htm
Weekly Speech Assignment. Each student should spend 1-2 hours a week on speech writing and recording their speeches. 
1.  Public Speaking Tournament. Each week we have a different speech event and contest.
2.  Class Practices. Each class features trivia, quizzes, games and more to assess learning. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
External Resources Statement: We will be using a variety of classroom tools, readings, links and other external resources. Please review the Materials section before signing up for this class.  These resources are optional. No accounts have to be created. All these resources are free.  All these resources have been vetted and used widely by students, schools and teachers. 

Teacher

Erik, Professor, J.D, MS, BS
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Be Great! Be a Great Debater!
860 total reviews
341 completed classes

About Me

Hi Everyone!  I have been involved in speech and debate as a student and educator my entire life.  I learned more on my Speech and Debate Club than all my high school, college and law school classes combined. I joined the Speech and Debate Team at... 
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