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Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic. • Bell Ringer Activity: Provide students a list of debate resolutions from the year (Policy, LD, and PF). Ask them to identify the best topic and outline their reasons why. (8 minutes) • Poll/Class Discussion: Using Poll Everywhere or another method, have students complete a poll to select the topic they feel was the best. Discuss the results as a class. Why did the result pan out that way? Did the results align with the makeup of the events of the students in the class? How do the wording of the topics shape the debate? How does the debate evolve over the course of the topic? (20 minutes) • Novice Topic Analysis: Inform your students they will write a topic analysis, geared toward next year’s novices, based upon the event they do. Establish the length, deadlines, and revision process appropriate for your class. The topic analysis should provide background information/ context, overview of key terms, resolutional burdens analysis, and key affirmative and negative arguments, along with a works cited page of research for each side of the resolution. (10 minutes) • Policy Debate students will write about the 2017-2018 topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States. • Lincoln-Douglas Debate students will write about the novice topic, Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified. • Public Forum Debate students will be given a current topic area. They will be asked to write a sample resolution and then develop an analysis on the topic they’ve chosen. • Group Work: Break students into groups, by events, and have them start discussing ideas for their individual papers. Encourage students to look up the terms and begin identifying key definitions and basic resolutional analysis. (20 minutes)

Public Speaking Corner

Based on their own experiences in Original Oratory or Informative Speaking, students will write detailed guides to help novices get started in these events. Prerequisite Knowledge Required: Season of competition Common Core Standard Addressed: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. • Bell Ringer Activity: Have students write their worst experience in their public speaking event on a piece of paper. Students should also write how they responded to or overcame the situation. (5 minutes) • Class Discussion: Have students share their experiences and provide feedback on their reactions. Personalize as much as possible: What did you witness? How did you think they responded? What did you feel was the turning point? (25 minutes) • Novice Guide: Explain to students they will write a guide for next year’s novices interested in doing Oratory or Informative. Establish the length, deadlines, and revision process appropriate for your class.The guide will provide an overview of the event, structural considerations for writing and performing their speech, tips for the revision process, and an overview of the most important lessons learned throughout the year. The guide should also include the example they wrote about in the bell ringer activity. (15 minutes) • Non-seniors will also include a separate assignment that identifies possible topics for the following year that they wish to explore, while seniors will write about topics they would encourage others to do. Students should identify three possibilities and explain why each is viable. They should provide research that shows there is literature to support the topic. (10 minutes) • Closing: Provide students with a note card containing an inspirational quote about the writing process/continual reflection/not taking time for

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Profile for Speech & Debate

2017 Spring Rostrum  

Volume 91 Issue 4

2017 Spring Rostrum  

Volume 91 Issue 4