Formal Logic and Competitive Debate
This high school level course provides student with both a thorough introduction to formal logic and will prepare students to compete in NCFCA-style debates. The course can be counted as a ½ credit for speech and debate and ½ credit for logic.
Students in this class will be encouraged to compete in NCFCA debate tournaments. As such, the instructor will provide information about local and regional events. Although the instructor will attend tournaments, parents are responsible for affiliating independently with NCFCA and supervising their students at tournaments and all costs associated with the tournament and travel thereto.
Intro to Speech, Debate and Mock Trial
Purpose: This class is intended for middle school students as a fun introduction to rhetoric with an emphasis on public speaking, debate, and mock trial. It is a stepping-stone to high school level classes such as Classical Speech and Mock Trial competition. All three units will focus on developing students’ critical thinking, analytical abilities, and communication skills.
In the fall, students will get more comfortable with public speaking and learn about the various types of speeches, focusing on informative and persuasive speeches. Students will write and deliver both an informative speech and a persuasive speech.
During the winter, students will learn about debate format, research, and argumentation. Students will conduct debate research and prepare their cases for Lincoln-Douglas class debates in February.
In the spring, students will start an introductory unit on mock trial. Students will be introduced to civil and criminal trials, the rules of evidence, and how to conduct direct and cross-examinations. Students will have the opportunity to act as witnesses and/or attorneys during a mock trial held in class in May.
This course is designed to give students skill, confidence, and fluency in public speaking. Speech is as much about training students to think as it about oral communication. Students who are trained to speak well are also trained to think well. Throughout the course we will study the structure and style of great historical speeches and the five cannons of rhetoric: inventio, dispositio, elocutio, memoria and pronuntiatio. The five cannons will lead students through a process of formulating arguments and putting information together in powerful structures so that they can communicate effectively. During the course of the semester students will have extensive opportunities to speak in front of the class. At the start of the semester we will pay special attention to helping students overcome the fear of public speaking. Students will need to purchase the textbook before the first day of class.