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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Example Syllabus

The following percentages are meant to be added to an already existing course curriculum and the numbers can be increased or decreased as necessary for the nature of your course. These percentages assume a mid-level of commitment to the online curriculum. Examples of the different commitment levels can be seen here. The only requirement for participation is that some percentage of students grades are based upon the only curriculum.

20%     Tournament Participation. Students start with a B+ and increase it a third of a letter grade for each round they win. If a student forfeits a round they lose a full letter grade. You can also consider giving extra-credit or factoring in speaker points into the equation.

10%     Tournament Feedback. Students would be expected to leave feedback on two to three of the final round videos that are posted. This grade should be based upon quality of completion. Suggested grading rubrics will be forthcoming.

10%     Work Shopping. Each week students are expected to upload one video. During that week they are expected to meet with their group members either in person or digitally (though a system like Blackboard) where they post and comment on each other's "rough draft" version of the speech. Speeches should be expected to make use of research in addition to persuasion. This grade can be given by their group members if workshops are happening in person or by quality of competition if they take place digitally. Suggested grading rubrics will be forthcoming.

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