Little Champions Speech and Debate Team | Grade 3-5

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What You Will Learn

Speech and Debate is an extracurricular team activity in middle school and high school. Like track and field, Speech and Debate tournaments have many different events. 

This is a beginners’ course designed to introduce elementary schoolers to the writing, research and communication skills used on Speech and Debate teams. Content will include games, debates, speeches and other activities that will give them a fun and age-appropriate foundation for being a great public speaker.

Keywords: speech, debate, public speaking, forensics, research, poetry, writing

Design For 

Grade 3 - 5 (rising)

Prerequisite: Must be able to read at or above the 3rd-grade level


Course Overview

4 - 8



hours per class

Eastern Time


10:00 - 12:00 p.m. ET 

Pacific Time


7:00 - 9:00 a.m. PT

10 Classes/ once a week
  7/24/2021 -9/25/2021 
7/24, 7/31, 8/7,
8/14, 8/21, 8/28,
9/4,  9/11, 9/18,



Course Unit 

Note: The course objective is to introduce you to ten different events in Speech and Debate.

Lesson 1. Prose

Lesson 2. Poetry

Lesson 3. Storytelling

Lesson 4. Declamation

Lesson 5. Dramatic Performance

Lesson 6. Original Spoken Word

Lesson 7. Impromptu

Lesson 8. Extemporaneous

Lesson 9. Spontaneous Debate

Lesson 10. Student Congress


Course Project

The project for each unit will be to deliver a short speech or reading that fits the format of the event of the day.



  • Laptop or desktop It will be more difficult to do this course with a phone or tablet because you will need to access the internet and read documents while being in the virtual classroom.
  • Able to have access to a search engine such as Google or Bing and news websites such as CNN, NBC, or The Washington Post.
  • A camera/webcam and microphone
  • Have enough room to step back from your camera and be visible from the top of your head to your knees
  • Pens/pencils (at least 2 different colors)
  • Your favorite book (for a reading session on the first day)
  • Stable Internet (Optional: ethernet cable. Wired internet makes your connection more stable)



Mr. Ray S. 

Debate and Speech Tournament Coach and instructor

The more a student enjoys, the more a student learns.
Ray teaches Spanish, Drama and Public Speaking. He has taught since 2003 and was the coach of a Speech and Debate team for 5 years. Ray studied at the University of Virginia, Middlebury College and the Second City Conservatory in Toronto. Ray's educational philosophy: the more a student enjoys, the more a student learns.