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Start Here: Teaching Advocacy

Start Here: Teaching Advocacy
Start Here: Teaching Advocacy

The National Speech & Debate Association empowers students to discover the impact of their voices and to use them to speak up for what they believe in. In these lessons, students identify an issue in their community and work in groups to develop and enact a solution. These easy to follow lesson plans are backed up with ready-to-use resources and materials. 

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Critically examine their environment, identify a problem, and develop a solution.
  • Pitch their ideas to decision makers by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning.
  • Work as part of a team to initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Intro One day
Supreme Court Cases Impacting Teens One day
How to Change the World One day
Brainstorming/Mind Maps One day
Research and prep for Guppy Tank Presentation Two to three days
Guppy Tank Presentation One to two days
Email Etiquette (optional) One day
Research and work on individual projects Three to four weeks
PSA One day
PVPC Final Presentations (depending on # of groups) One to two days
PVPC Debrief (depending on # of groups) One to two days

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