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Mauldin High

Speech and Debate Syllabus

Mr. Sierputowski





1st:   Speech and Debate 1+2

2nd:  Speech and Debate 1+2

3rd:  Global Studies I Honors

4th:  Global Studies I Honors

5th:  Global Studies I Honors

6th:  Planning

7th:  Planning




This class is designed to prepare students for competitive speaking and debating.  Its goal is to improve students’ skills in speaking, listening, composing, and reasoning through practical experiences and applications.  The course includes a concentration in parliamentary procedure, the techniques of persuasion, means of detecting propaganda and fallacies, and the refinement of voice and diction.  It will feature an emphasis on forensics which will necessitate extensive practice and rehearsal in oral performances such as oral interpretations, humorous interpretations, dramatic interpretations, duo interpretations in humorous and dramatic, duo-acting, extemporaneous speaking, congressional debating and speaking, children’s literature, original oratories, and Lincoln-Douglas debating.




This course will develop and enhance the students’ speaking ability through class speaking, debating, and performing.  Students’ effectiveness will be demonstrated and challenged in competitive speaking through class participation.  Students will become independent readers and researchers in their pursuit of excellence.  Specific skills in the use of effective language and rhetoric will be developed.  Using language as a successful communication tool will be the focus of this course.




  • The student synthesizes information from a variety of sources.
  • The student critically analyzes and evaluates facts and language (debate).
  • The student uses language to clarify thought (speech).
  • The student interprets various forms of written language (interpretation).
  • The student demonstrates competence in oral communication (speech).
  • The student demonstrates competency in reading the truth (debate issues).
  • The student selects and reads from many genres of literature (speech).
  • The student makes cuttings from pieces of literature for competitive purposes.
  • The student writes and orates persuasive speeches (speech).
  • The student works collaboratively with other students (duo-interpretation).
  • The student will increase his/her ability to collect and organize ideas.
  • The student will increase his/her ability to evaluate evidence.
  • The student will develop his/her ability to see logical connections.
  • The student will develop his/her ability to speak convincingly.
  • The student will develop his/her ability to adapt.




Since this is a performance-based class, students will be graded heavily upon their performance of daily assigned work.  Each student will be scheduled for performances in advance and will have ample time to prepare.  Class participation will also be used as a grading assessment.  Assignments turned in late will lose 10 points per day until the 3rd day (70 maximum) and after that the grade will result in a zero.




If students need extra help, they can set up an appointment to come by my room before school (8:00-8:40), every day except for Wednesday.




Providing students and parents sign and return the PED form, students will be permitted to use their cell phones on specific days to complete class work.  If the students violates any aspect of the PED agreement or is using their phone not during specified times, their phone will be confiscated and turned into the front office.




If a student is absent, he/she will need to present a slip on the following day and have all assignments ready to turn in.  Also, if they were scheduled to perform on the day they were absent, they will be expected to perform upon their arrival back into class.  After 2 tardies, the student will receive a phone call home.  Once they reach their 5th tardy, they will receive a referral.







  • Students are expected to be in their seats when the bell rings.
  • Students are expected to remain in their seats until the bell rings.
  • Students are expected not to bring food and drinks into the classroom.
  • Students are expected to respect the opinions of other in class discussions.
  • Students are expected to show respect to others as well as the teacher.
  • Students are expected to participate in class discussions.
  • Students are expected to follow all rules in the handbook.




We will be working on the following in class this year:

  • Interview skills
  • Impromptu skills
  • Public Forum Debate
  • Original Oratory
  • Children’s Literature
  • Cuttings
  • Prose/Poetry
  • College Entrance Essays
  • This can change depending on the class

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