Metamorphosis Speech & Debate Club
We strive to ground students in their Christian Faith, become critical thinkers, and become effective and articulate communicators.
We emphasize Apologetics and Worldview in order to prepare students to go out into the real world where they will experience conflicting views that they might never have thought about or prepared an answer for.
Apologetics: (4:00-5:00 PM)
During this time, we will be teaching the students how to write Apologetics speeches. This includes assisting them in the Biblical research of finding answering the 100 Stoa (our league) Apologetic questions as well as finding credible quotes to support these answers. Each student will write their own speech, but we will be working as a team on the same specific questions. Some examples of the 100 questions for this speech event are: “Where did God come from?”, “How many ways are there to heaven?”; “Does science contradict the Bible?”; “Can a person know God?”, and “Are Mormon’s Christians?” (to find out more – go to www.stoausa.org)
Learning the foundations of Biblical truth by preparing and presenting six minutes speeches helps ground students in their faith.
Speech: (5:00-600 PM)
We provide drills and instruction for the following 11 speech events: Dramatic , Duo, Humorous, and Open Interpretation; Apologetics, Extemporaneous, Expository, Original Oratory, Persuasive, Demonstrative, and Impromptu Speaking.
Worldview Studies: (6:00-7:00 PM)
We study this weekly so that we can ensure that the students have a solid foundation to speak from and because the league’s mission statement says that “Stoa exists to train Christian homeschooled youth in speech and debate in order to better communicate a Biblical worldview”. This year we will be going through Lightbearers (Juniors) and Understanding the Times (Seniors) : a Biblical Christian Worldview Curriculum from Summit Ministries out of Colorado (www. Summit.org)
We use curriculum from Summit Ministries to teach a Christian view of the moral and philosophical issues we face today. This includes round table discussions.
This year we will be mostly focused on Team Policy, Individual Policy, and Lincoln Douglas. Students will learn the basics of argumentation, critical thinking and debate from experienced coaches. Juniors (students 8-11) will work separately on debate, impromptu speaking skills and the other critical thinking activities.
Students will be trained to debate the liberal philosophies of our day.