Debate/Debate Honors

develop beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language artsThe purpose of this course is to develop students’ beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies for public debate in a variety of given settings.

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • delivering and analyzing a variety of argument and debate formats such as
    • Lincoln-Douglas
    • team debate
    • extemporaneous
  • delineating and evaluating the argument and specific claims in an oral or written text by
    • citing specific text evidence
    • assessing the validity of the evidence and soundness of the reasoning
    • determining the sufficiency of evidence for success
    • recognizing when irrelevant evidence or faulty reasoning is introduced
    • demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion
    • eye contact and body movements
    • voice register and choices of language
    • use of standard English
  • using research and writing skills to support selected topics and points of view
    • across a range of disciplines
    • using a range of sources, including digital
  • assessing the veracity of claims and the reliability of sources
    • determining different types of evidence (e.g., documentary evidence in the social sciences, experimental evidence in the realm of natural sciences)
    • determining reliable print and digital sources
  • demonstrating use of techniques for timing and judging debates and other forensic activities
  • collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages

Honors and Advanced Level Course Note: Academic rigor is more than simply assigning to students a greater quantity of work. Through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted, students are challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning.