Communication in the 21st Century - 6th Grade (Semester 1, 2)
The one quarter course for middle school students is designed to develop and enhance student’s oral communication skills. The course serves as introduction and overview of the variety of communication methods used in the 21st century. Emphasis is on basic communication processes, listening skills, delivery techniques, organization and research techniques, utilization of technology, media evaluation and public speaking. A variety of technological skills will be developed and utilized to enhance student presentation skills. Goals of the course include the fostering of confidence, poise, self-esteem, and enhancing critical thinking.
Introduction to Debate - 7th and 8th (Semester 1, 2)
This one semester course for 7th and/or 8th grade middle school students is designed to allow students to develop, and demonstrate, proficiency in research, refutation, best practices in the construction of arguments, analyzing effective modes of persuasion, and group work necessary to succeed in debating. The course will examine Lincoln Douglas Debate, Policy Debate and World Schools Debate. This course does not have a prerequisite and may be taken by any 7th or 8th grade student. The first month of the course will be spent learning the basics of all three formats of debate. If students have a preferred format, instructor/instructors will work with them primarily in that format.
Debate II - 7th and 8th (Semester 1, 2)
This class is for students who are seriously considering Debate as an option in Upper School. We engage in a quick paced examination of competitive debate and focus on issues such as topic analysis, delivery, organization, research, and debates in class on a variety of issues. We focus on both team debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate formats in class. The goal is also to have a year-end in-class tournament and potential local area competitions.
Advanced Debate - 7th or 8th - (Semester 1, 2)
After completing this course, students will be comfortable with all dimensions of competitive debate. Building on the foundation established in the Debate I and/or Debate II course(s), this class will emphasize participation in formal debates and will require participation in at least one tournament (there are 4-5 tournament opportunities during the semester). This course will review the basics and introduce advanced forms of argumentation, research, evidence comparison, cost-benefit analysis, note-taking, audience adaptation and best practices in contemporary Debate theory. Student will focus on either Lincoln Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, or World Schools Debate. While debate is competitive in nature, students will never be graded on wins or losses. Grades will be earned based on student research, class participation, argument development, and the collaborative work done to create and prepare cases to put themselves in the best position to excel competitively in extra/co-curricular tournaments. Prerequisites for this class includes taking Debate I and II. With permission of the Debate instructors, make take Advanced Debate after taking either Debate 1 or Debate 2.
Introduction to Debate - (Semester 1, 2)
Introduction to Debate is a one-semester entry level course for students who are new to Greenhill School, have limited Middle School debating experience, or have never debated before. This course surveys the formats of Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, and World Schools Debate over the semester. Students learn portable skills such as best practices in public speaking and critical thinking; learning to develop, defend, and respond to well-reasoned arguments; enhanced research skills; and collaboration and teamwork. Together these skills build a foundation for effective argumentation and advocacy, vital skills needed in an ever-changing world. Students should take this course in the first semester as the curriculum in the second semester builds on the concepts learned in the first semester. Students are encouraged to compete in interscholastic competitions throughout the Metroplex. Most students in this class are 9th graders, but any student who chooses to explore Debate could enroll in the class.
Intermediate Debate - (Semester 1, 2)
This course builds upon the principles of Introduction to Debate by emphasizing the research component of argumentation, in addition to building on skills such as effective writing of arguments as well as enhancing delivery techniques to persuade audiences and judges in interscholastic competitions. Students, typically sophomores, take this course after taking Introduction to Debate, but any student who has the written permission of the instructor may take this course. Students in this class primarily focus on Policy Debate. Students in Intermediate Debate are required to attend a minimum of three interscholastic competitions per semester.
Advanced Debate - (Semester 1, 2)
This course, intended for students active in interscholastic competition, covers advanced concepts in Policy Debate. Each year the course material changes to correspond to the National High School Debate Resolution. This course may be repeated for credit.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate/World Schools Debate (Semester 1, 2)
This course examines the practice of contemporary Lincoln-Douglas and World Schools Debate by engaging in a study of the philosophical foundations of many of the major societal issues of the day. The course introduces students to argumentation, persuasion theory, research, and strategy necessary to participate in interscholastic debate. The course may be repeated for credit. The minimum participation requirement for successful completion of this course is three tournaments per semester. Students of all grade levels may take this course with the approval of the Director of Debate.
Tutorial in Advanced Forensics - (Semester 1, 2)
One-semester tutorials are available to advanced debate and forensic students in the Upper School. Topics are to be jointly proposed in writing by the student and instructor and must be approved by the Director of Debate and the Head of the Upper School.