Speech and DEBATE

Developing research, logic, and speaking skills

By Josh Jablon MST

July Session: Monday 9 - Friday 13 July, 1-4pm

August Session: Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August, 1-4pm

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Debate challenges students to express a point of view, make a well-rounded case, examine both sides, think on their feet, research, and speak before their peers. In other words, debate is one of the most well-rounded academic activities there is.


Throughout this course, students will:

  • Become familiar with ethos, logos, and pathos, and how they function in argumentation.
  • Discover how to orally present a case
  • Learn how to ask good questions, and answer them, in relation to a debate
  • Research topics, and prepare an argument
  • Understand the nature of “framing” in a debate, and use it to persuade, as well as critically examine the strength of arguments


We will discuss the nature of logic, have students choose debate topics that they find interesting and meaningful, learn how to relate those arguments orally, and participate in a debate.

Weekly Overview

  • Monday: Logic and Debate Topics
  • Tuesday: Opening Statements, Researching Arguments, Conferencing
  • Wednesday: Conferencing, Cross Examinations, and Conclusions
  • Thursday: Logical Fallacies, Work Time
  • Friday: The Debates and Reflections

About Josh

I am a Language Arts teacher at King’s High School. I teach Honors 9th grade, 12th grade, American Film and Television, and Speech and Debate (which I also coach). I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University. My favorite things to teach are Film, Debate, and Music as Poetry--all of which I’ve found to be extremely informative for my students. I am an “engagement first” teacher, finding that games and media are extremely helpful in designing a fun and effective learning environment for the children of 2018.


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Terms, conditions and refund policy:
In the event that you must cancel, your payment will be fully refundable until 5 business days prior to the class start date. Cancellations made less than 5 business days in advance of the class will be partially refunded at 50% (for example, $250 refund payment for a $500 class). Cancellations may be made by phone or email.

In the event that we must cancel the class, we will notify you via phone or email and refund you in full.