Speech and Debate Classes:
Spring break camps (Grade 5-12) $325 ($250 for first 4!)
During the weeks of April 13th and April 20th, Victor Rivas Umana and several of the coaches of the Golden State Academy will lead a fun 3 hour daily course that introduces students to the fundamentals of public speaking. Students will engage in fun exercises that helps students with the basic mechanics of a proficient public speaker. Students will work on enunciation via tongue twisters, they will work on avoiding filler words via speech games and they will get to work on their debate skills via argumentation games and SPAR debate.
Introduction to Speech and Debate (Grade 5-12) $775
Dates: Monday, Tuesday, or Friday. April 13-June 13
This class taught by Mark Mabie and Paul Villa, two of our veteran Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas coaches, will focus on introducing students to the basics of speech and debate via the formats of limited prep events.
The class will focus on teaching students the ability to:
-speak comfortably with limited or no time to prepare
-brainstorm, construct and organize their ideas efficiently
-engage with subject material analytically but critically
-craft an attention-grabbing device for writing and public speaking.
Students will explore a wide array of topic areas and literature and learn these abilities via impromptu speaking, SPAR debate and Parliamentary debate.
Introduction to Lincoln Douglas (Grade 6-12) $775
Natalie Stolarski and Kaine Cherry
Students will learn the basics of Lincoln Douglas, one of the more popular debate formats across middle school and high school. Students will approach a debate topic from a moral/philosophical point of view. Students will learn the history of the format along with how to do structure arguments, improving researching skills and will eventually culminate with the students participating in a small scrimmage tournament for participants in the class.
Introduction to Public Forum Debate Grade 6-12 $775
Victor Rivas Umana
Students will learn the basics of Public Forum Debate. This debate format emphasizes the ability to persuade your critic by simplifying the arguments. We will teach students the history of the format, the rules, of the event, how to structure arguments, improving their research skills and help students pair up in class (having a partner will not be required). Students will end the class by participating in a scrimmage tournament.
Introduction to Oratory (Grade 6-12) $775
Students enrolled in this course will be provided with an opportunity to learn from Dontae Hill and significantly improve their public speaking skills by writing, practicing, and delivering oratory speeches and presentations in a safe environment in front of their peers. Students should expect to focus on key elements of public speaking including: voice and tone, word choice and organization, body language, and grasping and maintaining audience attention. Both instructor and peers will provide personalized feedback throughout the process.
Introduction to Interpretation (Grade 5-12) $775
Dontae Hill and Steven Leal will lead an introductory course into the world of interpretive speech where students will be able to pick from one of the various interpretive speech events (OI, HI, DI, Duo, Storytelling, Prose, Poetry) and learn from our coaches how to:
-using body language to portray characters
-voice (volume, inflection, tone)
-clarity (enunciation and pronunciation)
This class will end up with a showcase with students demonstrating what they've learned via performances.
Non-Speech and Debate Classes
Intro to Creative Writing (Grades 4-12)- $650
Kids have an innate need and drive to be acknowledged and listened to. In most cases, students learn to express themselves under rigid rules that stifle their creativity and self-esteem. The creative writing classes cultivate kids' language skills and confidence through a different approach. Through strategies that emphasize encouragement over unnecessary rules, GSA's Creative Writing classes teach students the art of narrative in a way that encourages creative expression, instead of stifling it.
This 9-week course covers, exploration of genres, description and setting, character development and point of view, plot, dialogue, creative non-fiction, getting published
Intro to Academic and Business Writing Grades 6-12 - $750
This course introduces students to different writing formats. By emphasizing grammar, vocabulary development, revision, and editing, and tone. Students will be given various opportunities to write on a variety of different topics, depending on which ones interest them. The course includes interactive lectures, as well as detailed editing and feedback on:
- High school/College Application Essays
- Persuasive Essays
- Research Papers
- Resume Writing
- Claim Letters