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Elementary Speech and Debate

All fourth and fifth grade teachers are encouraged to participate in speech and debate to provide their students the opportunity to enhance the core skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

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Bringing debate into the classroom

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    Bringing debate into the classroom

    Why?

    Read about Speech and Debate in the classroom
    Learn More

    Teaching Resources

    Teaching Resources

  • Teaching Guides
  • Models
  • Videos
  • View Resources

    Frequently Asked Questions

    There are lots of resources available, including sample videos and instructional guides.  Reach out to leslie.robinett@canyonsdistrict.org.

    Both!  Or whatever you can work into your classroom.  You might start with speech and prepare for the Winter Virtual Competition and then move into debate for the CSD Championships.  Or do both at the same time, with some students participating in speech and some in debate, based on their abilities.

    Yes!  Schools may have an extended learning interventionist during skill-based ELA time, or before or after school.  

    Expository Speaking- a 2-4 minute informative speech

    Oratory- a 2-4 minute persuasive speech

    Public Forum-  a pro/con debate with 2 person teams.  The topic is decided by a committee each year.  

    More information, examples, and teaching supports can be found under Teacher Resources

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    Lucie Chamberlain

    Alta View Elementary

    If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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