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High School Speech and Debate Part 1

Jennifer Hughes, B.A., J.D., LL.M, LC
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Come learn about competitive Speech and Debate with friends. Class will focus on Public Speaking Skills, Case Construction, Flowing and the Lincoln Douglas Debate Style. Teacher follows NSDA, ADL and TOC format.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
15 lessons//15 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Public Speaking
Students will learn how to give an effective presentation. As a group we will conduct interviews asking questions and relaying back the information.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Presentations and Debate Events
This week students will present a two-minute speech that they prepared, and we will go over all competitive speech and debate events. Students will choose their own speech and debate path.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Introduction to Debate Structure
Today we will discuss case construction with an emphasis on claim, warrant and impact.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Credible Research
Students will learn about judge's paradigms, and research expectations.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate
Students will learn Lincoln Douglas Debate Structure and what to do during each phase.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Values and Criterions
In class students will learn about LD concepts and philosophies. Students will learn about the criterions Utilitarianism, Consequentialism, and Rawl's Veil of Ignorance.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Values and Criterions
In class students will learn about LD concepts and philosophies. Students will learn about the criterions Deontological Ethics and Kant's Categorical Imperative
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Students will learn how to flow a debate, we will watch a demonstration debate and practice.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Flowing Cont.
Students will learn how to flow a debate, we will watch a demonstration debate and practice.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Rebuttals and Briefs
Students will learn how to give effective rebuttals and vote on final debate topic. We will examine the different types of briefs for debate.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Students with assistance will begin to write their final debates.
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Students with assistance will begin to write their final debates.
 Week 13
Lesson 13
Practice Round/Mock Debate
In-class Mock Debates
 Week 14
Lesson 14
Practice Round/Mock Debate
In-class Mock Debate
 Week 15
Lesson 15
Final Debate
Teacher approved judges will come in for online class tournament and students will compete for different awards.
  • Public Speaking Skills: body posture, eye contact, movement, fillers, facial expressions, pronunciation, tone and pace. Phases of the debate and how to flow. Research and Writing: What is credible research, writing a narrative and case construction. Understanding how to include impacts, solvency and weight.
I am a Professor, Speech and Debate Coach and Instructor on various platforms and High School and Middle School teacher.  I am also a retired attorney in New York State.  I taught Speech and Debate for many years at the Middle and High School Level.  My students have won awards at both the State and National levels.  In 2024 one of my students co-championed Harvard and has a bid for Nationals.  Several received scholarships to college based on their speech and debate accomplishments, as well as entrance into competitve High Schools.  I also teach Advanced Placement US Government, Advanced Placement Comparative Government and traditional High School Government, going on fifteen year.  I know it is important to introduce a fact based, non-biased lesson to students that will foster discussions with their family.  For twenty years I have had the opportunity to work with students from Pre-K through Graduate School in both a traditional learning atmosphere and those classes that deviate from neurotypical teaching.  I held my teaching certification in World History/US History/Government and Economics for Middle and High School.   My teaching philosophy is that all students are individuals and unique learners that must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and where mistakes are considered education victories.
     While incorporating the eight learning styles into each class, I believe that there are five essential elements that are conducive to learning. (1) The teacher's role is to act as a guide. (2) Students must have access to hands-on activities. (3) Students should be able to have choices and let their curiosity direct their learning. (4) Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment. (5) Technology must be incorporated into the school day.

Homework Offered
Students will work on presentations and case construction.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Assessments offered on parents request. Students will compete in a debate round with outside judges at the end of the semester.
Grades Offered
Transcripts available upon request.
Teacher will help with any learning needs.  Please let the teacher know ahead of time.
Our debate section does not require purchased materials.  Only access to articles (both newspaper and research papers).  Our speech section requires the student to purchase scripts.  These are available on Amazon and the cost is reasonable.  I do have some scripts available per request.
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Students will need to practice their pieces and/or debates.  They will present during class.  I am okay with video cameras and sound off during class.  However, for their presentations they will need to share.  If they absolutely cannot for various reasons get on camera, please let me know so accommodations can be made before our class begins.  Students will need to purchase their own scripts if they choose to compete in a speech even for our follow up class.  The class is graded traditionally, and is project based.  I do use break out rooms on occasion for students to work together that are on the same side.  I will visit the breakout rooms to make sure everything is running smoothly.  
Lincoln Douglas Competitive Handbook
Debate Briefs
Teacher created powerpoints
Joined March, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree
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weekly or $365 for 15 classes
1x per week, 15 weeks
60 min

Completed by 54 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
6-12 learners per class

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