Lesson 1 – Pre-assessment and welcome lesson – Introduction to Ustar debate and public speaking
Lesson 2- Voice The importance of tone, pitch, volume, and pacing in debating. Students will learn the importance of articulation and correct pronunciation of words and appropriate volume when delivering speeches.
Lesson 3 – Effective listening, thinking, and speaking skills are critical to all walks of life – how do you prepare for persuasive argumentation?
Lesson 4 – Why learn debate: the pros and cons – an opportunity to practice debate skills whether or not students have access to a competitive league
Lesson 5- Refutation and the Debate Pyramid – constructing points and counterpoints into affirmative and negative stances
Lesson 6 – Introduction to the Public Forum Debate format and practice
Lesson 7- Formal Spontaneous Argumentation format and practice
Lesson 8 – Practice Speech Day: students deliver an extemporaneous speech with a topic of the student’s choice
Lesson 9 – The Informative Speech – Introduction to an informative speech used as a first affirmative
Lesson 10 – Informative Speech – Four types of informative speeches (definition speeches, demonstration speeches, explanatory speeches, and descriptive speeches) and their applications to building a debate case
Lesson 11 – Developing debate partner skills through chain stories
Lesson 12- Impromptu Speech – organizing thoughts and opinions in a short amount of time
Lesson 13 -Persuasive Speech – The three steps of persuasion – logos, pathos, and ethos
Lesson 14 -Persuasive Speech – combine rhetorical appeals and three steps of persuasion into a formal yet fun speech. Students will have the opportunity to work with a partner to create and sell a product to improve their ability to persuade as they debate who has the better product.
Lesson 15- Students will participate in a mock debate