DEBATE: This one-semester course focuses on persuasion and argumentation.  Students will give several lengthy presentations (15-20 minutes) geared to persuade the audience.  Students will also participate in two types of debate: Lincoln-Douglas and cross-examination team debate.  Participation in tournaments for the ZCHS Speech Team is strongly encouraged but not required.  Debate focuses on developing skills for students to become in-depth researchers, technical and persuasive writers, effective communicators, and perceptive listeners.  Students gain an understanding of argumentation and persuasion theories and develop skills in logic and analysis.  Students also research topics using a variety of sources and practice public speaking.


Length:  Semester

Offered: Spring

Number of Periods per Semester: One


Grade Level: 10-11-12

Course Prerequisites:  Preferred:  Speech I


Application:  None

Tryout : None

Counselor Approval Required: None


Dual Credit: No

Weighted: No


Diploma PathDirected Elective or Elective for All.

Quantitative Reasoning: No