High School Public Speaking and Argumentation


he primary goal of the Public Speaking and Argumentation program is to empower students through public expression to become better thinkers, speakers, writers, listeners, and leaders. Students in this program will explore and develop their thinking and speaking skills through games and exercises involving public speaking (impromptu and prepared), as well as group problem-solving and discussion. Students will be exposed to and learn various formal styles of debate (e.g., Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Policy Debate) as well as other communication based activities. Students will learn to cope with speaking anxieties, to organize and support their ideas, to critically evaluate and respond appropriately to the ideas of others, and to deliver effective messages. While the format and content will not directly prepare students to participate in competitive debate or forensics, it may serve as a precursor to such participation.

This program is appropriate for students of all ages, but especially rising 9th-12th graders.

Sample Schedule

9:30am-10:30am, Lecture on Ethos, Pathos and Logos
10:30am-12pm, Research Tips and Practice Drills
12pm-1pm, Lunch
1pm-2pm, Topic Lecture on Nuclear Power
2pm-3:30pm, Topic Debates

Potential Curriculum

Intro to Public Speaking
Intro to Argumentation
Ethos, Pathos, Logos
How to Use PowerPoint
How to Research

Poetry/Dramatic Reading
Extemporaneous Speeches
Descriptive Speeches
Informative Speeches
Narrative Speeches

Informal Speeches:
Tongue Twisters
Pet Peeve Speeches
Hot Air Balloon Game

Informal Debates:
Table Debates
Stakeholder Debates (different groups)
One-Point Debates
Three-Point Debates

Formal Debates:
Public Forum

Group Projects:
Shark Tank
Stakeholder Debates (different groups)

Other Presentations:
Formal Presentations (with PowerPoint)
Mock College/Job Interviews


Week 1 – June 12-16

Week 2 – June 19-23

Week 3 – June 26-30

Classes will be hosted Monday to Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm ET.


Tuition for one week is $500

Tuition for two weeks is $950

Tuition for three weeks is $1,350

There is a $50 sibling discount.

Tuition includes quality instruction and materials that are unique to the Hurricane Debate Institute. Each week covers unique and different information. Students will receive assessments of their skills and areas for improvement. Students will receive a certificate of completion.

There is a non-refundable $75 application fee that is in addition to the price of tuition.


**There is a non-refundable $75 application fee that is in addition to the price of tuition.**

There is a two step application process:
1. Click the “Apply Online” button below to fill out the application (Applications can also be emailed to hurricanedebate@gmail.com).
2. Click the “Pay Online” button below to pay the application fee.

**Registration is not complete until both the application and non-refundable $75 application fee have been received.**

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Payment instructions:
Click the “Pay Online” button below or visit http://www.com.miami.edu/payment. When there click on “Access the SOC Marketplace”.
Select “Hurricane Debate Institute” from the categories enter the amount and finish the transaction.
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All major credit cards accepted.

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Questions? Please call (305) 306-0828 or email hurricanedebate@gmail.com