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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.  

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