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Introduction To Speech & Debate

0428 Introduction to Speech and Debate 1 semester Grades 10, 11, 12 ½ credit


P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Learn to analyze arguments and recognize persuasive techniques used by politicians, and other influential people, to convince the public to agree with their point of view. Don’t be another sucker (emotional appeal). Learn to become a better speaker by understanding and being able to counter, or use, those strategies to gain an advantage in all of your future arguments. This course will enhance the student’s ability to think critically by examining current “hot button” issues and the

arguments surrounding them. Students in the class will be required to perform research on the topics, persuasive speeches and debates, and argument analysis. The skills learned in this class will help students to make informed and logical decisions on the important issues that they will face throughout life.

0427 Drama 1 Semester Grades 9,10,11,12 ½ credit

This class will closely examine the art of acting. Students will work on character development, emotion, performance scenes, monologues, and basic acting techniques. In addition, students will use the skills covered to prepare for both “mock” and real auditions. The class will also examine the art of directing and students will practice directing their own scenes. This course assumes no prior knowledge of theater and students will be encouraged to attend or join in

extracurricular theater activities. Students may also have the chance to attend a professional theatrical production.