Week two is complete. Monday is day ten of the school year; with approximately 45 days in each quarter (and half that time for A-Day/B-Day classes), the first nine-week period is nearly one-tenth of the way complete.
In class, your children have begun giving mini-impromptu speeches. We are using questions from Garry Poole's "The Complete Book of Questions" in order to generate table topic prompts. This skill is essential in helping students to develop the ability to "think on their feet" in interviews and conversations.
In specific, we have reviewed and studied the following:
The A-Day/B-Day classes are currently 3 days behind my one semester class (which is to be expected). Your children have just begun to read "The Day Language Came Into My Life," by Helen Keller. In the upcoming week they will begin reviewing the various parts of the rhetorical triangle and start their analysis of "Cinderella's Stepsisters," by Toni Morrison.
[P.3] The Body Speaks (for Those Who Listen)
Let the Speeches Begin
The Silent Messaging of Non-Verbals
The Final Four (Bigger than March Madness)
[P.3] Halfway There: Winding Down the Third Quarter
[A/B] SPAR and Lincoln-Douglas: The Final Quarter
[A/B] Logical Trust – An Argument for Debate
[A/B] The Art of Debate – Define, Defend, Deliver