Public Speaking

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

2017-2018 Topics:


1. Columbus

  1. Christopher Columbus was a murderer who should not be celebrated.

  2. Christopher Columbus discovered America and should be celebrated.


2. Slavery
  1. Slavery, as it developed in the United States, was unique from any other place in the world.

  2. Slavery, as it developed in the United States, was similar to the rest of the world.


3. Reconstruction

  1. Reconstruction was a success.

  2. Reconstruction was a failure.


4. Industrialists

  1. The early industrialists (Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc.) were heroes who made America strong.

  2. The early industrialists (Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc.) were greedy criminals who exploited the country and its workers.


5. War of Currents

  1. Thomas Edison rightfully won the War of Currents

  2. Nikola Tesla had better ideas and should have won the War of Currents


6. Prohibition

  1. Prohibition was a legitimate attempt to curb alcohol consumption and its negative consequences.

  2. Prohibition was not a legitimate attempt to curb alcohol consumption and its negative consequences.


7. Flappers

  1. Flappers were a positive role model for women and an essential part of the early feminist movement.

  2. Flappers were a negative role model for women and a detriment the feminist movement


8. The New Deal

  1. The New Deal was a good thing for America.

  2. The New Deal was a bad thing for America.


9. Japanese Internment

  1. The U.S. government was justified in interning Japanese Americans.

  2. The U.S. government was not justified in interning Japanese Americans.


10. Atomic Bomb

  1. The U.S. should have dropped the atomic bombs to end WWII.

  2. The U.S. should not have dropped the atomic bombs to end WWII.


11. Cold War

  1. The Cold War was mainly the Soviet Union’s fault.

  2. The Cold War was mainly the U.S.’ fault.


12. Space Race

  1. The money spent on the space race was a legitimate use of government funds.

  2. The money spent on the space race was not a legitimate use of government funds.


13. Martin Luther King & Malcolm X

  1. The beliefs and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. were more helpful to African Americans than those of Malcolm X.

  2. The beliefs and actions of Malcolm X were more helpful to African Americans than those of Martin Luther King, Jr.


14. Black Panther Party

  1. The Black Panther Party was good for the black community.

  2. The Black Panther Party was bad for the black community.


15. Vietnam War

  1. The Vietnam War was unwinnable for the U.S. and should have been stopped by 1970.

  2. The Vietnam War could have been won if the U.S. had fought it more effectively.


16. 1960s

  1. The teen rebellion of the 1960s had more positive consequences than negative.

  2. The teen rebellion of the 1960s had more negative consequences than positive.


17. Richard Nixon

  1. Richard Nixon should not have been forced to resign.

  2. Richard Nixon should have been forced to resign.





Practice Speech: 20%
Final Speech:  80%
Essay: Separate Grade



2017-2018 FINAL DATES:
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6

Last day to request a change - FRIDAY, SEP 8!

ESSAY DUE SEPTEMBER 27 (One copy printed and turned in to me in class, another submitted to TURNITIN.COM)

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