Does your child have trouble making presentations or speaking in class? Maybe the opposite and they like to talk all day? Is your child interested in joining a debate team or have passion for topics and like to speak out about it? If the above mentioned describes your child, then Friendly Conversations Speech and Debate Club is the right choice for them!
This class is designed to teach elementary and middle school students the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation skills that will enable them to develop confidence, self-esteem, critical thinking skills, creativity, and leadership. Participants will have a chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment. The classes aim to equip children to structure arguments, prepare debate cases, research evidence, write rebuttal briefs, deliver speeches, and refute opponents. It will prepare them to join high school speech and debate teams in the future.
Students will be able to recognize, compare and contrast, identify, and deliver the three main types of formal speeches (narrative, informative, and persuasive). Students will also discover confidence in oral communication through storytelling. They will also employ imagination and personal interpretation while reading aloud previously written stories and prose.
Every Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 PM (Central Time), 15 lessons, 8/29/2019-12/12/2019 (no class on Nov 28)
Who should take?
Recommended grade 3-4
What you will learn?
- Effective vocal techniques
- Proper eye contact
- Effective Body Language
- Hold an audience’s attention
- Peer to Peer Evaluation
- Confidence is expressing individual thoughts and opinions, as well as researched facts
About the Teacher
Ms. Jimilee holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communications and Theatre. While in college, she competed nationally as a member of the debate team. She has spent the last 20 years working in live theatre as an actress, director, and designer. She also spent time in the classroom as a teacher of drama, speech, and debate for grades K-12.
During her time in education in Texas, she was a UIL coach for middle and high school one act play, and advanced to state for the 1st time is the school’s history. She also coached 3rd-6th grade storytelling, impromptu speaking, and oral interpretation, where the majority of her students took home medals. Her hobbies include golf, softball, cross-stitching, Greek mythology, and puzzles.
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Lesson 1: Our voice is our greatest tool
-Tone and Pitch
Lesson 2: Structure of a Speech
Lesson 3: Narrative Speech
– Eye Contact
Lesson 4: Tell Me A Story
-Students present a narrative speech in a personal story
Lesson 5: Informative Speech
-Using notes or multi media
Lesson 6: Informative Speech Continued
– Body of facts
– Strong Conclusions
Lesson 7: Informative Speeches
-Students give a researched-based informative speech
Lesson 8: Persuasive Speech
– Finding a problem in need of solution
– Be convincing
Lesson 9: Persuasive Speech Continued
-Your opinion matters
– You’re selling something
Lesson 10: Persuasive Speeches
-Students give a persuasive speech
-Convince audience to change a behavior
– Peer evaluations
*Activities may vary pending the pace of the class.
* Students will be given homework assignments.