Congressional Debate and Speech (4th - 8th grade)

This class simulates the U.S. Congress, either the House or the Senate and debate bills and resolutions of current interest.  The competitive format is 8 to 14 students in a room delivering speeches and asking questions of each other. Research, persuasive speaking, active listening, critical thinking, accurate and extensive note taking, and cross examination skills are all integral to the course. The instructor will also cover the major formats of speech in the categories of Interpretation, memorizing and presenting a previously published piece of work or Original Oratory, where students work on composing and presenting an original piece. The instructor will evaluate each student’s strengths and pick a format that best suits the student. All of the speech formats the students will learn are high school formats; thus, the students can comfortably continue competing in speech events once they reach high school and college. No prior experience in debate is necessary.


Tuesday Tuesday
Grades: 4th-5th 6th-8th
Day/Time: 2:55 – 3:55pm 4-5pm
Class Dates: January 30 – May 10 January 30 – May 10
No Class: Feb. 20, Mar. 13, Apr. 10 Feb. 20, Mar. 13, Apr. 10
Number of Classes: 12 12
Class Location Room 22, La Entrada Room 22, La Entrada
Class size: 8 – 14 students 8 – 14 students
Class Fee:  $385  $385
Instructor: Young Genius AcademyYoung Genius Academy

Instructor: Young Genius Academy Tel: 650-563-4261 Email:
Las Lomitas League Contact: Cynthia Solis Yi at
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Based on 50 years of experience in education, Young Genius Academy believes that speech and debate is the single most valuable skill students can acquire in school, and that this skill is transferable to any desired career. Young Genius’s Bay Area Speech and Debate Academy focuses specifically on developing debate skills among youths, and is one of the strongest divisions within the club. For more information, check out