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Posted: March 19, 2013

With about four main ideas in place, it's time to start fleshing out the speech. This will involve some research. Before any student begins research on the computer, they should have specific questions they want to answer. These questions should be organized underneath the four main ideas. For example:     - Texting while driving takes the driver's eyes off of the road. - On average, how long are a driver's eyes off the road while typing or reading a text message? - How far can a vehicle travel during this amount of time? - What is the average distance between cars in traffic? - Texting while driving has caused a significant number of accidents. - Annually, how many accidents are caused by people who text while driving? - How many fatalities? - How many serious injuries? - Are there any stories that are particularly powerful that would help get my point across? - Current fines for texing while driving - What are the current fines in New Brunswick for texting while driving? - Are the fines in other provinces or states different than they are here? - Are the accident/fatality/serious injury rates any different in those areas? - Alternatives to texting while driving. - What safer habits could people who have been texting while driving develop?    

Posted: March 19, 2013

Now that students have appropraiate speech topics, they should be concentrating on at least four main ideas that support their topics.  Each of these main ideas will be elaboraed upon with research, statistics, and details.  This will form the main body of the speech. For example, the topic "There should be a higher fine for texting while driving" might have the following main ideas:  - Texting while driving takes the driver's eyes off of the road.  - Texting while driving has caused a significant number of accidents.  - Current fines for texing while driving  - Alternatives to texting while driving.

Posted: March 19, 2013

Each student should now have a persuausive topic that could be debated by a reasonable person. For example, the topic "Texting while driving" sounds informative, not persuasive. This is corrected by the topic "People should not text while driving." but is even stronger if it includes a call to action as seen in "The fine for texting while driving should be higher."

Posted: March 12, 2013

Think of the video A Place at the Table.  The youths in the video recounted where their ancestors came from and the hardships they endured.    Where did you come from?  Trace back your family tree as far as you are able.  What hardships did your ancestors endure along the way?  Your tree only needs to be a rough sketch and the stories only need to be notes for now.  This will be the basis for a heritage project in the coming weeks.   This portion is due Friday, March 22.