Completing each Level in Speech Crafters Club (there are four), involves giving seven speeches and doing each role in the club (e.g. Vote Counter, Evaluator, MC, etc.) at least once, during that Level. Some of the higher Levels (beyond Level I) have additional requirements.
Below are brief descriptions of the seven speeches required to advance to Level II.
The speeches in Level I emphasize the development of specific presentation skills, including, using gestures, vocal variety, visual aids, and organization.
More information can be found in the member handbook.
(We use a signaling system to let you know your time, so you'll know when your time is running out.)
1. Getting to Know You (4 - 6 minutes)
The objective of this speech is to help you feel more comfortable in public speaking situations and to let the audience know more about you.
2. Gestures (5 - 7 minutes)
This speech calls on you to work with gestures and body language to add interest and meaning to your speech.
3. Vocal Variety (5 - 7 minutes)
Use volume, pitch, rate, and quality as well as appropriate pauses to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
4. Visual Aids (5 - 7 minutes)
Use visual aids to help the audience understand and remember what they hear.
5. Organizing a Speech (5 - 7 minutes)
Organize your presentation into a logical sequence that helps the audience to a clearly understand the topic. Write up a speech outline, following club guidelines, and turn it in to the Chairperson and your Evaluator before the speech.
6. Speaker's Choice (5 - 7 minutes)
The speaker chooses the topic and emphasis, of this speech. To count toward Level advancement, this speech must be given while a Level I speaker.
7. Speaking with Knowledge (7 minutes +/- 30 seconds)
Research an issue or topic, write a speech, and then present that speech to the audience in a way that incorporates the skills you have learned thus far. To be eligible for Level advancement, the timing of this speech must fall within the specified time frame of 7-minutes plus-or-minus 30-seconds.
Debate meetings consist of Topics and Motions. In competitive debates, the topic being discussed is often called a "motion." It often starts with declaring a rule or specific term and the motion is then defended by a group of members as well as a group of members who oppose the motion.
For example: a motion could be either of the following.
1. Banning of all junk food in school
2. Children should have to do chores to earn money
3. No more math classes in elementary school
Debate club gives young members of all abilities another fun way of developing their oracy skills. It helps with critical thinking and confident communication skills. Members participate in the discussion, do research and give presentations on areas they are more interested in learning about.
Debate Club members also participate in our annual conference, debating against other schools and clubs in the area.