Middle School Speech and Debate Part Two

In this course students will prepare to compete in an all Class Tournament (Debate and/or Speech Options).
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55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 12 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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
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Class Experience

 Student goals include:  
I.   Enhancement of critical thinking and reasoning abilities.
II.  Further academic advancement and development. 
III. Development of sound and logical arguments.
IV. Learning the value of extensive and intense study of an issue, from all sides. 
V.  Development of Communication Skills, having the adaptability for many styles and allowing for complex argumentation. 
I am a semi-retired Professor and High School teacher.  I am also a practicing attorney in New York State.  I taught Speech and Debate for many years at the Middle and High School Level.  I was an award winning coach at the State level.  My students also competed at the National Level.  Several received scholarships to college based on their speech and debate accomplishments.  I have also taught Advanced Placement US Government, Advanced Placement Comparative Government and traditional High School Government for over ten years.  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.
Each week the instructor will work with debate groups and they will be expected to complete assigned parts of their arguments.  Students should expect 1-2 hours of work weekly after the third week.  For speech events, students should practice their piece daily and fill out practice sheets as well as supplemental worksheets (such as character bios) for their event.
Supplies will vary depending on students choice for competition.  Speech events usually require a script.  Debate requires 3x5 cards, stopwatch and normal school supplies, such as writing utensils.  For extemporaneous speaking, students will need access to newspapers and magazines, as well as folders and a case to hold their folders.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Grades are available upon request.  Student will receive full points when they can check off everything on teachers rubric.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Debate topics can lead to some dicey conversations.  I encourage students to discuss their debates with their family.
We will be using a Character Database
NSDA videos
Lincoln Douglas Handbook
Newspaper Articles (Middle School Appropriate Articles)


Jennifer Hughes, B.A., J.D., LL.MInclusivity Supporter, Engagement Seeker, and a Passion to Pass on Joy and a Life Long Love of Learning.
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