M/J Speech and Debate   (#1007025)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

This course is focused on developing the use of correct and effective language and organizational skills in preparing, delivering, and evaluating different types of oral presentations and debate. Students will critique speeches, paying attention to content, organization, language, and delivery style, and produce and present well-structured, developed speeches.

General Notes

English Language Arts is not a discrete set of skills, but a rich discipline with meaningful, significant content, the knowledge of which helps all students actively and fully participate in our society. Standards should not stand alone as a separate focus for instruction, but should be combined purposefully.

The purpose of this course is to develop grade 6 students' beginning awareness, understanding, and application of language arts as it applies to oral communication concepts and strategies in a variety of given settings.

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following

  • learning and practicing a variety of speech forms
  • learning and demonstrating appropriate formal and informal public speaking techniques for audience, purpose, and occasion
  • eye contact and body movements
  • voice register and choices of language arts
  • use of standard English
  • using research & writing skills to support selected topics and points of view
    • across a range of disciplines
    • using a range of sources, including digital
    • collaboration amongst peers, especially during the drafting and practicing stages


English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/la.pdf.

Version Requirements

One-third of the titles from the 6th Grade Sample Book List should be used in instruction.

General Information

Course Number: 1007025
Abbreviated Title: M/J SPEECH/DEBATE
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Course Approved

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