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.
Who should take?
Recommended grade 1-3
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. Bell has nearly 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in education. She received her bachelor’s Degree in Speech Education in 1998 (Northwestern State University) and Master of Education in 2007 (Texas A&M-Commerce). Ms. Bell has coached several district, regional, state, and national speech and debate team competitors. Her most recent accomplishment was receiving the first Diamond Award which was given by the National Speech and Debate Association to coaches for building successful speech teams (June 2018 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.)
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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.