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Public Speaking, Debating, and Discussions (Grades 5-8)
Class Size: 25
Age Requirement: 10 - 13
Teacher: Michael Smith
Class Time: 10-10:50am
Class Room: C105
Tuition Fee: 750.00
Textbook Fee: 0.00
Material Fee: 0.00
  

Class Description

We will offer both returning members of our first middle school speech and debate class plus all newcomers in our program from Grades 5-8 an opportunity to learn about all of various types of speech and debate categories that they can then choose from in order to prepare themselves for public speaking challenges within and beyond the classroom throughout high school and college.
 
If students plan on competing in speech and debate tournaments, this class is for them. But if students simply want to learn what it takes to be an effective public speaker, this class is also for them. It is more important than ever before for students to learn how to express themselves orally because more and more area high schools are assigning “Fishbowl” type discussions as a way to generate grades. In fact, Dougherty Valley freshmen and sophomore English students have “Fishbowl” discussions as both of their semester final exams.
 
We will teach students all of our methods for all types of speeches and debates that helped us build an area private school into one of the most successful programs in the state, including several students have been ranked in the Top 10 speaker and debate categories in the entire nation. Our program’s graduating seniors have gained acceptance into: Stanford, Dartmouth, Brown, UChicago, Duke, Wellesley, Cal-Berkeley, NYU, etc.

Students will learn how to handle both original speeches that range from Oratory to Argument, Fiction to Autobiography, Expository to Extemporaneous, plus Impromptu. They will learn how to handle interpretive speeches that range from Humorous to Dramatic, and Thematic to Duo.

Plus, they will learn how to handle debate categories that range from Public Forum to Parliamentary, plus Congress to Lincoln Douglas. And they will learn how to handle the brand new category of SPAR, which is a form of spontaneous argument that students will really enjoy and benefit from.
 
Students will also learn how to handle interview situations that will prepare them for when they either apply to summer programs, apply to private high schools, and, ultimately, when they apply to college. We will offer them professional tips on how to answer and how to ask questions that will impress the interviewer. It all begins with our homemade proven method of
answering the question that often immediately makes or breaks a student’s chances in an interview: Tell us about yourself.
No matter their ultimate ambition with speech and debate, all students will learn our Top 10 tips and techniques for how to handle themselves in “Fishbowl” discussions at an early age compared to their peers so that they will be prepared to handle all of the challenges that come from classroom oral presentations throughout their high school years. 

About the teacher: Mr. Michael Smith, a former professional writer and broadcaster, is a Certified High School A.P. English and I.B. English teacher, who currently teaches English, coaches Speech and Debate, and acts as a department head at a local private school. His students compiled an 89 percent AP English pass rate compared to the 59 percent national average based on his lessons for close reading. He also has had students accepted to six Ivy League schools along with many more of the top colleges and universities in the country based on his experience as a private college preparatory tutor.