Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ok. Homework.

Homework for 05/05/2009:

Research the Following Current Events:

1. Pirates in Somalia
2. Government Bailout
3. H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus
4. America in Iraq

Please find at least one newspaper or web article to bring to class about each topic, and be able to summarize each article (don't worry about writing or memorizing anything). I want you to be able to summarize what the article says in 1 minute or less.

Some good sources for this are: U.S. News and World Report, Reuters, World Magazine (Online), Newsweek, Time, and Hello Kitty. All of these will help you find the news you're looking for or pink plastic purses for that adorable little girl in your life.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Homework for 04/21/2009

Ok, so this week we do not have a chapter meeting because it is Easter, and I think the turnout would be pretty brutal.

Your homework for when we readjourn on the 21st is to add analogies, quotes, statistics, and examples to all of the points in your speeches. Find this stuff online and use your imagination! You don't have to go down the checklist for each and every last one of them, but your speeches will have much more depth if you can start creating a more concrete picture in the minds of your audience for what you are trying to do. So if you're going to be giving a speech about global warming, you're going to want to say, "We should recyle our water bottles because according to a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a single water bottle takes approximately 1000 years to decompose, and Americans drink approximately 28 billion bottles of water every year," rather than, "Go green. It's a good idea."

Have a great two weeks!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Room Change

This week we will be meeting in Room 10. 10. 10.

Is there an echo in here?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

For 04/07

First of all, many thanks to Mrs. MacIntosh for teaching last week's class on impromptu speaking. By all accounts, it was a major success, a very well taught class, and a great way to begin our investigation of limited preparation speaking and debate. So thanks again, Mrs. MacIntosh. We all really appreciate you teaching!

Second, your homework for this week is to write a forty-five minute presentation on the socio economic change that will occur with the recent bankruptcy of many of our country's larger businesses, and the tax implications that this will render for the middle class as we forge a new economy from the rubble of the old. Some sources you may find useful will be The Economist, the U.S. Department of the Interior. Please have it memorized, and prepare a slideshow presentation to go along with it. We will each individually be presenting these to the class, and I have coordinated to have three of us present to the Rocky River Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, the 11th . Probably three of our older students will be chosen for this.

Just kidding. April Fool's!

Anyway, your homework is actually just to write a five minute speech about anything at all (as long as it is unique to you!), and be prepared to read from a script to a critique group.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Homework for Tomorrow

Hey Guys,

Your homework for this week, as I mentioned in class, was to look at a current world event and identify, clarify, confront, quantify, and realize its implications. So, to go through what that means, again.

Identify- what is the value behind the action? why is this happening? why are people choosing to do what they are doing? what is the esoteric (not concrete) goal in mind? (ex: fighting inflation might be so you don't have to be dependent on the government in the future, which would be independence)

Clarify- what does your value mean? define it.

Confront- compare and contrast the two sides of the argument. if i value freedom and you value security in, for example, foreign policy, what are the implications of what that is going to mean? how should we decide which value is higher in this instance?

Quantify- how do we know when we will have enough of our value? is it when human rights is being upheld? is it when the Constitution is properly upheld?

Realize- what does all of this mean? what are the good things that are going to result from everything we have just said? (ex: the queen is going to be able to concentrate better, which will result in a better kingdom, and everyone will be happy.)

That's all. It's not super complicated. It shouldn't take very much time at all. Just think it through and we will discuss these things tomorrow!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Meeting on 03/10/2009

Hey Guys,

You don't have homework for next meeting. I just wanted to say that some of you will be finalists, and will have to deliver your speeches again, so this is just a friendly reminder to run through them a couple of times between now and Tuesday to make sure that they're fresh in your minds.


Friday, February 27, 2009


Next week we're going to have a WE'VE MADE OUR FIRST INTERPS! party.

So if everyone would like to bring a snack and a two-liter, we should have enough food to pass around and we're going to provide our own entertainment for the afternoon by delivering our interps. All interpretations should be memorized, characterized and blocked. In order to fit everyone in, we might have to run a little bit longer than usual, so if you have to leave right at 2:30, you might have to leave before we're all done. I hope you all have a great week, and I'm really looking forward to some partying with you!