• Advanced Speech (Competitive Forensics): Fall

    Competitive Forensics is designed to offer direct instruction in competitive speech and/or drama events and debate. Students with diverse interests and skills take Competitive Forensics because they enjoy performing. This course is devoted to competition preparation and structured according to speaking events officially recognized by the National Forensic League. Students do extensive research and are required to attend and participate in events held outside of school hours. This course is offered to freshmen through seniors, after successful completion of a basic Speech/Debate course or approval of the instructor. 

    You can expect to learn how to channel natural competitive energy into positive communication strategies, how to prepare a good speech, discover where to go to find sources and materials, learn how to begin and end a speech, and prepare speaker's notes. You will learn, from experience, how to analyze an audience, dress for success, and present yourself as an articulate speaker. A video portfolio will track your progress!

    Competitive Debate (Philosophy in Practice): Fall

    Competitive Debate (Philosophy in Practice) provides an excellent experience for advanced speech students who wish to learn how to debate. This class will teach students how to express ideas and to defend them under direct challenge. Debate teaches tact, resourcefulness, and ability to think on one's feet, and it teaches that ideas must be backed by evidence, not by mere conjecture and opinion. Students will learn major philosophical concepts and moral theories, and will apply them to the cases they will construct and argue. This course is devoted to competition preparation. Reccomended for 10-12th graders who have taken a basic speaking course, or have successfully completed Competitive Forensics.

    Beginning Speech (Public Speaking): Spring

    An introductory Speech and Debate course is offered every spring semester of the year at GBHS. This class exposes students to various types of speeches and argumentation in a basic and straightforward manner. In addition to preparing original speeches, you will learn to speak off-the-cuff and give prepared speeches. Never lose arguments again! You will learn debate techniques and master how to make effective, persuasive class presentations, including PowerPoint, demonstrations, group discussions, and introductions. You will learn how to give and accept an award, write and deliver a eulogy and win arguments! This course is offered to freshmen through seniors, and serves as the basic Speech/Debate course required for competitive participation.

    Sign up now, or seek more information from Mrs. Prichard in room 157.