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Pembroke Pines (K-12) Campus - Speech and Debate


Ms. Etienne - Speech & Debate


Welcome to the wonderful world of Franklin Speech and Debate, also known as forensics! During the middle school portion of your academic career, you pick up building block tools, both educationally and socially, that will help you excel in high school, then college, then into the career you choose. Out of all these valuable skills, the ability to communicate with others in a clear, engaging fashion is one of the most important tools. No matter what career you decide to go into, speaking skills will be required at the very least to get you a job during an interview. All sorts of professions require talented speakers and debaters: lawyers, teachers, actors, executives, and politicians all must know how to communicate clearly and convincingly.

In this course, you will learn those skills. By following the creed and regulations of the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), we will build and improve upon the foundations of communication you would learn in a Language Arts class, add the creativity and fun of a Drama class, and build a skill set that will leave you well equipped to take on any profession, or at the very least just have a lot of fun along the way.

In a lot of ways, writing speeches is just like writing any other important text. Students will learn the process of writing their speech: conceptualizing, outlining, drafting, revising, and peer editing. They will not only know what goes into writing a good speech, but they will also learn to look for these elements in their own work, as well as, the work of others. "Corrective criticism" from your teacher and fellow teammates will better you for competition!


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