This program will be online.

In this week-long program intended for students with some prior debate experience, students will improve their skills in Public Forum Debate under expert guidance of GDS’s Middle School debate coach. Public Forum is a two-on-two debate that focuses on various domestic and foreign issues. Debaters will learn how to make an argument, speak in public, support their arguments, and more in this summer debate course.

Students with no public forum or debate experience will get a crash course on the first day of program.

Daily format will look similar to this:

9-10: “Online” Morning meeting, usually an icebreaker or game, first lesson of the day
10-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 “Online” group lesson, group activity completed together
11:30-1:30 Break time for lunch & independent work time. Students may choose to connect with partners to practice for their debates
1:30-3:00 Students or pairs will be assigned a 20-30 minute time slot between 1:30-3:00 to perform their debate to the teachers and be given direct and individualized feedback. The entire class does not have to be online during this time, only during their scheduled performance time.