1st Semester Text for Study

Freakonomics.jpeg We will utilize the text, Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, as our focus text for first semester.


Course Descriptions

Speech and Debate II
This course further develops skills in communication, logic, and reasoning learned in Speech and Debate I. Students continue to refine diction, articulation, enunciation and projection skills while applying more advanced techniques of public speaking. Students also continue to refine researching, argumentation, questioning, and rebuttal skills. Students exhibit personal responsibility through independent learning as they specialize in at least one area of focus (event). Additionally, students exhibit team/collaborative responsibility and develop skills of evaluation and analysis of performances through the participation in required, in-class assignments. Students are expected to participate in local and state level Speech and Debate (Forensic) competitions.

Honors Speech and Debate III
This course expands public speaking and forensic skills learned in Speech and Debate II. Students demonstrate an advanced level of skill in selecting and editing quality literature, sharpening research skills, and analyzing current issues. Students polish performances in their chosen area(s) of focus (event) as well as demonstrate an advanced level of skill in the evaluation of their own performances. Students demonstrate and apply an advanced level of skill in diction, articulation, enunciation and projection. Additionally, students will participate in advanced level class activities. Honors activities may include: required/advanced reading lists, required/advanced writing assignments, projects, enrichment activities, portfolio assessment, seminar, and performance. Emphasis is placed on the application of content within and across curricular areas. Students demonstrate advanced ability of independent learning. Students are expected to participate in local and state level Speech and Debate (Forensic) competitions.

Honors Speech and Debate IV
This course expands the fundamental and advanced skills learned in Honors Debate III. Students demonstrate a superior level of skill in selecting and editing quality literature, researching methods, and analyzing current issues. Students expertly polish performances in their chosen area(s) of focus (event) aswell as demonstrate superior skill in the evaluation of their own performances. Students will demonstrate superior levels of skill in diction, articulation, enunciation and projection. Students also learn principals of leadership and coaching techniques, as well as consistently demonstrate superior skills of analysis and evaluation by classmates and teammates. Additionally, students will participate in advanced level class activities and demonstrate superior work quality. Honors activities may include: required/advanced reading lists, required/advanced writing assignments, projects, enrichment activities, portfolio assessment, seminar, and performance. Emphasis is placed on the application of content within and across curricular areas. Students demonstrate mastery of independent learning. Students are expected to participate in local and state level Speech and Debate (Forensic) competitions.