Wrap It Up – Thank You Very Much!

Thank you

For a fantastic school year.  You entertained me, you taught me, you challenged me every week.

For giving me the opportunity to learn.  I never dreamed of teaching debate – but you gave me the chance.

May I ask one last favor?

Can you tell me what you learned?  What changed in your life because you learned public speaking skills or debate basics?

I would be very grateful if you would.


Kim Krajci


Public Forum Test

The Public Forum Test

First, you may want to review last week’s assignments before you take this test.

The Public Forum Test is  20 questions long.  You must complete it by Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m.


We will start with our Public Forum debates soon, so get your constructive cases written now – both pro and con. Remember, these speeches are considerably shorter than the LD speeches, so prepare accordingly.

Because we have 9 debaters, some students will have the opportunity to debate twice.  Extra credit will be given.

PF does require the teams to work closely with each other, so come prepared next week with your constructive completed.  This will be graded – so bring  2 copies with you next week.  If you don’t bring both cases printed out, you will not be debating in the PF round and you will fail the class.




Team Debate Topic

The United States ought to replace the Electoral College with a direct national popular vote.

Homework assignments:

  1.  Look up all the words in the resolution.  You can skip to, with, then and a.  Get multiple definitions for each word (make sure you track your sources.)
  2. Read the US Constitution regarding the Electoral College.
  3. Read the Federalist Paper #68 about the Electoral College.


Write a description of how the Electoral College works in your own words.  Explain why the Founding Fathers chose this system.

Bring this to class next week.




Persuasion Presentation Skills

The most successful persuasion speech doesn’t start with the speaker’s desire for change.  It starts with knowing what you want to change and why it shouldn’t.

You read that right. Why the change you want should not happen.

Persuasion Starts Here

Start with the status quo.

What do you want to change means that there’s something already in place.  So ask a few questions:

  1. Why are things the way they are now?
  2. Who will be harmed if the change I want is enacted?
  3. What are the long-term impacts of this change?

In order to be ready to answer the challenges against your proposal, you must understand their perceptions of why things need to stay the same.

This is the single most important thing you must do before you write your speech.  Why? Continue reading “Persuasion Presentation Skills”

Did You Follow the Directions? Recording Your Speech

Did you follow the directions?

Eight of 11 students did submit a file I could listen to.

However, a significant number of you did not do it as it was assigned.

What was the problem?

Today’s quiz is pretty simple.  Go to the link and answer some simple questions.  I need to know what went wrong

  • my instructions
  • the due date/time was unexpected/earlier than you thought
  • unexpected computer/headset problems (aka Audacity errors, can’t create MP3)
  • upload problems (Google issues)
  • lack of computer/internet access.

Even if you had no problems, I need you to go to the quiz and fill it out anyway.  It will give me a sense of what did work.

Why is this important?

You need the opportunity to practice.  I want to give you some helpful comments to make your speech better.  Because we have a limited amount of time in class, this is the best way I can think of to give you the opportunity to practice and get feedback before you go live.

From my perspective, there was one major problem.

I didn’t get them until very late – Friday afternoon.  That makes giving you comments very hard.  That’s on me.  I’m going to set an earlier due date in the future.

We will be doing more recordings.  They will be due on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

Do you have any questions for me?

I’ve heard from a couple of parents that students are emailing me with no response.  I’ve checked my spam folders and none of you are in there.

If you have questions or problems, please remember how to contact me:

  1. Cell number  330-232-1839
  2. Home number 234-678-7589
  3. Email speechteacher.kim.kraj@gmail.com

If I don’t respond in 24 hours, please call me.

Just a reminder – We will have impromptu speaking next week if we have time.  Do you want to be in charge of impromptu speaking?

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what I think was the single most important speech in the 20th Century.  Despite countless threats against himself and the Civil Rights movement, he led Americans to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in 1963.  His speech remains as powerful today as it was that day.

Your assignment is to watch the speech.

I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Remember, this recording may be older than your parents.  It’s not a great video.  Try to concentrate on

  • Dr. King’s voice
  • the words he uses
  • the cadence (rhythm) of his words
  • the sources of his content
  • the reaction of the audience.

Here’s a link to a slide show of my analysis of Dr. King’s speech.  We will be referring to his speech over the course of the semester.


Dr. King used many rhetorical devices.

Repeated phrases build up emotion in the audience.  I Have a Dream was actually not the title of the speech he planned to give, but because of his repetition of the phrase, it has become the common name for it.

Here is a list of rhetorical devices.  Can you identify any more that he used? Continue reading “I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”