Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades

Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades

Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades

Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades

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"Speak Out! is a primer for beginning and intermediate students participating in class and contest debates. Designed to support the largest and fastest growing middle-school debate program in the world, it offers students clear, concise information on public speaking and debating. Combining the practical and theoretical, Speak Out! teaches students the basics of public speaking argumentation, and research, and helps them prepare for debate competitions and classroom debates. Exercises give students hands-on experience with important topics." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Debate and public speaking are of extraordinary value to middle school students. Participation in debating can boost student self-confidence, accelerate learning across the curriculum, and improve critical thinking and oral communication skills.

This textbook supports the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP), the largest and fastest growing middle school debate program in the world. the mspdp is a unique program with a unique debate format. the format was designed in collaboration between college faculty and middle school teachers to maximize the rigor and accessibility of debating practice for all students in the middle grades.

The mspdp began in 2002 as a pilot program in Southern California communities east of Los Angeles. in two years, it spread to more than sixty schools and now covers an area roughly the size of New England (minus Maine). in the first year of the program, almost 1,800 students participated in class and competitive debates. in the second year, the program nearly doubled in size. New mspdp sites are now being established throughout the country.

Speak Out! is a primer for beginning and intermediate students participating in this program. Additional resources are available online at our support Web site, www.middleschooldebate.com. These include: a teachers guide for the book; lesson plans, including plans for wholeclass debating; and issue briefs to prepare students to debate dozens of current event topics.

We hope that this book simplifies teaching debate. the mspdp is an empirically tested format that serves a wide range of students: the very gifted, those whose native language is not English, those not successful in traditional teaching situations, and even special education students. All the evidence we have collected as part of program evaluation over the first three years suggests that anyone, in any kind of community, within many kinds of constraints, can adopt the mspdp program.

Should you wish to learn more about the program or provide the authors with feedback about the book, please email us at:

Kate.shuster@claremontmckenna.edu or

john.meany@claremontmckenna.edu.

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