Weekly Debate Club for Teens - Ongoing Course
This ongoing debate club is designed for learners with previous experience in competitive debate to continue honing their skills in speech, rhetoric and argumentation.
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Completed by 104 learners
learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
75 minutes per class
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The course is designed to allow teenagers with previous experience in debate to continue developing their abilities by engaging in Public Forum, Policy and Parliamentary debate rounds. Lessons will occasionally include elements from other activities to allow learners to focus on developing specific skills (e.g. learners may practice delivering Mock Trial litanies to help them improve their performance in cross examination). Learners will be assigned teams and the topic for each week's...
This class is taught in English.
Learners will develop strong fundamentals for good argumentation to support their ability to both examine and advocate for ideas. Through applied experience, learners will also be able to be prepared to compete in high school debate tournaments.
Students will see the resolution alongside team assignments 48 hours prior to the start of class. Students are encouraged (but not required) to review any supporting research provided ahead of each lesson.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Most topics are pulled directly from current and past NSDA resolutions for high school students, and debate rounds will frequently venture into controversial territory. Some common controversial topics in lessons include: immigration, the death penalty, censorship, utilitarian philosophy (e.g. whether a government should base its decisions on the "greater good") , mental health, gun control and genetic engineering. Parents are welcome to voice concerns directly to the teacher after a controversial resolution is posted on the classroom board ahead of a weekly lesson.
Roger L.M."Roger" or "Mr. Morton"
351 total reviews
239 completed classes
Hi! I have a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from The University of Southern California (USC), where I was an active competitor on the mock trial and debate teams. Before becoming a teacher, I spent the first several years of my professional...