Thursday, the 13th, will be the last class we have before you give your speech. Come to class prepared to work with your speech, and have ready any questions you have about your speech. Hopefully you are moving closer toward a completed speech. HERE is a more detailed outline for you to use as you complete your speech. Remember that a paper copy of your outline is due the day you give your speech and remember to have a reference list.
Reconsider the following ideas as you complete your speech. Most of you will have policy type persuasive speeches. Follow the Problem - Cause - Solution format for your main points. Be sure to ask yourself questions about each of these points and have the answers in your speech. A problem can be thought of as a combination of some sort of harm/ill and a barrier that prevents that harm from being solved. Be sure that your solution solves the problem you have laid out.
A few of you are doing value type persuasive speeches. In the introduction you should include a discussion of the question of value you intend to discuss in your speech. Your mainpoints, used to prove/support your overall value statement, will be arguments supported by evidence (facts, statistics, examples, stories, theories, historical examples, etc.). The type of arguments you use are up to you and may include a variety of structures and topics.
Your persuasive speech needs to be no more than five minutes and not less than four minutes and fifteen seconds. You need to pick a socially significant topic and it can be a fact, value or policy speech. You need to express a clear opinion about your topic and use sources to adequately prove your case. I have encouraged you to chose a policy speech that deals with a social problem in your local community or in the United States in general. You need to turn in two outlines for this speech. One very short outline (this Thursday) and a second more detailed outline is due the day of the speech. You need a paper copy of your outline in order to give your speech on speech day (11/18).
The short outline, that you're bringing in on Thursday, should be very brief and include these parts:
Introduction (about two sentences, include your thesis)
Main point 1 (one sentence)
Main point 2 (one sentence)
Main point 3 (one sentence)
Conclusion (one or two sentences)
Remember: there was a small change in the speech/paper assignment. You have to do a speech still, but you are no longer required to write a paper. A paper is still an option, however, you can do a short rebuttal speech instead. The main speech will be worth 15%, the rebuttal speech or paper is worth 5%. So, you either do 2 speeches for 20% (one worth 15%, one worth 5%) or you do 1 speech and 1 paper for 20%.
If you have any questions, please contact me ASAP!
This house should provide free long term housing to the homeless.
This house should create an option to attend either tradition high school and a trade/technical school.
This house should abolish legal marriage
This house should reverse Citizens United
This house should adopt universal healthcare
This house should give amnesty to all immigrants currently in the US.
Be prepared to debate either side of the resolution. We are having shortened parliamentary debates. The times are as follows:
PMC LOC MGC MOC LOR PMR
3mins 4mins 4mins 4mins 2mins 3mins
Below is an abundance of example debates and information about debate. HERE is a website to a TV show that has some good debates and a lot of them. Spend some time watching at least some of the ones below. Everyone should watch this watch this first one, which is from some Middle Schoolers, I will use it as an example to talk about in class. These examples follow different formats, the focus should be on the argumentation. Bruce Lee said, “Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Here is the debate manual I shared with you today. I will share some more stuff soon.
Argumentation and Debate
Remember that I will ask you to "ID" several of the following words. You will need to write out answers to questions about the, who, what, where, why, when, how, and the significance. Remember to write about the significance, you need to address the "so what" question.
I will also ask you to write out short or long essays and that means write an argument. You will need to evaluate a statement or make an argument about a fact or policy. When you are studying these words and phrases below, think about which ones are too big to be just IDs, as those are the most likely concepts I will ask essay questions about.
You will also need to spend some time studying your assigned current events topic and you should also spend some time reflecting on the class discussions, lecture and the websites I have shared in class.
Argument by analogy
Argument by example
Argument from sign
Excellence without excuse
Leader of opposition
Onion model of organizational culture
Organization is key
Proposition of fact
Proposition of policy
Proposition of value
Sender/Receiver model of communication c
Slippery slope fallacy
Systems analysis (Systems theory)
Remember the basics of the assignment:
1. DO NOT speak for more than 3 minutes and try to speak for at least 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
2. Include an introduction with your name, a thesis sentence, and the title of your piece that does not last more than 20 seconds (included in your 3 minutes total). You also need to hand in a typed paragraph that more thoroughly explains your argument and have a copy of your piece to hand in to me (you can photocopy, type, take and print a clear picture, turn in clear handwriting). Having a thesis that deals with the theme of citizenship or community is an easy way for you to get closer to an "A" grade.
Here are some extra last minute tips for your Dramatic Reading tomorrow morning:
Don't plan on holding just a loose piece of paper. Have a folder or something hard and flat so the paper doesn't shake.
When you are practicing, read your piece very slowly, then read it very fast, then read it at normal speed. This will help your timing and the variety in your delivery.
To make sure you are loud and clear, don't hold your chin down when you are speaking. Make sure your enunciate your words and speak out to the audience.
A well performed Dramatic Reading will accurately convey an emotion or a number of emotions that present in the text.
Time yourself repeatedly to make sure that you meet the time limit, don’t gamble with your time.
Practice in front of a mirror, practice in front of anyone as many times as you can.
You should have read your piece out loud between at least 40-50 times.
Remember, EXCELLENCE WITHOUT EXCUSE!
I will be there rather early and will need some help setting up, so if you are around…
I just received the email below. If you attend this event and write a one page paper about it, I will give you five percent extra credit for your entire class grade! That is an entire half letter grade!
Folsom Lake College and Los Rios Community College District are joining Capital Public Radio, The Center for California Studies at Sacramento State, KVIE, and The Sacramento Bee as sponsors of the 7th Congressional District live debate between incumbent Democrat Ami Bera and Republican Doug Ose on Wednesday, October 8, from 7-8 pm, broadcast live from the KVIE–TV studios in Sacramento.
A studio audience of about 100 individuals will be able to watch the debate live from KVIE. Approximately 20 of those studio seats have been set aside for college students and the general public. To enter the lottery to win a ticket to this special event, complete the form here by 5pm on Friday, September 26. Other ways to get involved? ·
Ask a question of the candidates
· Attend the Debate Watching 101 forum
· Attend the viewing party
· Follow Operation Fact-Check on social media
For more info, click here.