MN Speech & Debate Club

During this Winter break, students learn to effectively communicate and advocate for themselves and others - to be a force for change. Our practice sessions makes student develop solid leadership skills, how to argue persuasively, engage the audience effectively, and become a confident public speaker. Students are assigned to the practice labs based on their skill levels. In these labs, they learn how to write their own speeches, construct arguments, and participate in debates.   

The camps are led by nationally ranked debaters. Guest presentations by the local academia will be included.

Course Outline:

Day 1: Types of Speech

Discuss various speeches and what made them so successful

  • Storytelling
  • Poetry
  • Oratory
  • Impromptu speaking
  • Duo Interp
  • Expository

Discuss oratory

  • What makes up a good oratory speech?
  • Strong/insightful thesis
  • Arguments/points
  • Interesting

Day 2: Oratory and Impromptu

Deliver oratory speeches

  • Students should write critiques on paper and things students did    well
  • Pass back critique sheets

Impromptu speaking exercise

  • Benefits/challenges of impromptu speaking. What makes it easier? What makes it more difficult?
  • Deliver speeches

Day 3: Expository, Debate

Introduction to debate

  •  What is debate?
  •  Why is debate beneficial?
  •  What is an argument?
  •           Claim
  •           Warrant (Evidence?)
  •           What is evidence?
  •           Impact
  •  Styles of debate
  •           SPAR
  •           Policy debate
  •           Flowing - keeping track of arguments
Course Format: In class, hands-on sessions

Grades: 2nd to 5th

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Mahatma Gandhi