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Cogito Debate Summer Class Descriptions (Summer 2020)

Summer Camp and Workshops General Learning Objectives

Critical thinking, communication skills, research strategies, collaboration, delivery skills

JUNIOR SPEAKERS CAMP WEEKS

AM/PM OR ALL DAY

 

Week 1 6/8-6/12: Caffeinated Kids: What’s in Your Beverage? 

Description: Whether it be coffee in the morning or an energy drink before soccer practice, caffeine is everywhere. In this class, students will learn about caffeine and its effects on the human body. The main project for the class will be a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about the harmful effects of caffeine which students will perform live in front of an audience. The presentation will include important facts about caffeine as well as creative elements such as skits and props. The best PSA. as decided by the audience, wins!

Week 2 6/15-6/19: What it takes to be the President: Political Campaigns

Description: Whether we like it or not, politics affect our everyday life especially during election season. No matter where you stand on the issues at hand, you may not think about what goes on behind the scenes of these intense political races. During this week’s camp, students will study the elements of political campaigns and recognize how much work truly goes into running for office. Using the strategies, they learn, students will design a platform for a made-up candidate based on the issues the students think are important in today’s world. Students must complete several elements of a presidential campaign including a speech, advertisements and a even a debate! At the end of the presentations, there will be an election. The winning candidate’s team will receive a prize!

Week 4 6/29-7/3: Global Citizenship: Treaties, Alliances and the U.N.

Description: No country is truly independent, and in the age of globalization it’s important to understand how countries work together for their mutual benefit. During this week’s camp, students will analyze the relationships that the U.S. has with other countries and identify what those relationships are based on. Using this information, students will prepare for and engage in a mock U.N. Security Council Meeting to discuss their assigned country’s viewpoints on the following relevant global issues: Addressing Marine Plastic Litter and Microplastics, Improving Frameworks for the Supply of Food Aid and Strengthening Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance. At the end of the meeting, each country’s diplomats will sign off on a new resolution that commits all countries on the council to work toward improving the issues they discussed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 5 7/6-7/10: Sharing is Caring: Humanitarian Aid

Description: Sometimes we get so caught in our everyday struggles that we forget what it’s like to be truly disenfranchised. Many people in this world wake up every day hungry or fearing for their safety, whereas we might take these things for granted. During this week’s camp, students will examine the importance of Humanitarian Aid groups like the Red Cross & Doctors Without Borders and the role they play in helping the world’s less fortunate. For this week’s project, students will select a Humanitarian Aid group they admire and a Humanitarian Crisis they feel deserves national attention. Students will study these crises in depth and identify the best way to alleviate the effects of the issue. For the final presentation, students will present their plan and request “donations” from the audience.

 

Week 7 7/20-7/24: Following the Leader: Social Media Ethics

Description: In the modern age of technology, the Snake Oil Salesman has become the Social Media Influencer. Whether they are trying to push a new line of hair vitamins or an “innovative” household product that will “change your life,” Influencers are the salespeople of today. In this class, students will unpack what it means to be an Influencer and will examine the ethics of social media advertising. For this week’s project, students will design a mockup of an ethical social media platform that promotes positivity and honesty. Their platform will have to have a specific audience in mind (farmers, parents, teens) when they design it and will include a variety of fun features to make it engaging for the user. For the final presentation, students will present their proposed platform to a group of investors who will invest in the best product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

AM Middle School Workshops/Boot Camp

PM High School Workshops/Boot Camp

 

Week 3 6/22-6/24: Workshops

            -AM: Fibs & Falsehoods: Fallacies Workshop

Fallacies, what are they? How are they used? Why do they matter? This class teaches students to identify flaws in logic so that they are more aware when they come in contact with them. In this class, students will develop critical thinking skills when evaluating advertisements, commercials and other types of media. This class includes learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing media to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.

            -PM: Advocacy & Social Issues Workshop

Whether we realize it or not, social issues affect the immediate world around us. The purpose of this workshop is for students to become aware of these social issues that affect their community and learn about the importance of advocacy. For their main project, students will choose a local nonprofit that represents a cause that the students feel passionate about and create an advertising campaign for them. Students will roleplay as a member of the nonprofit of their choosing and will develop various advertising materials for their campaign. 

 

 

Week 6 7/13-7/15: Workshops 

            -AM: Shark Tank Inventions Workshop 

Whether students want to be entrepreneurs or doctors, the ability to market what one has to offer is an important skill for them to have. The main project for this workshop is for students to flex their creative muscles and come up with innovative new inventions. Similar to the television show Shark Tank, students are not only expected to come up with a unique invention, but they must also be able to market it to the “sharks” also known as investors. Throughout the class, students will learn how to effectively market their product based on identified target audiences.

            -PM: Negotiation & Peacemaking Workshop

Whether it be at home, at school or among their friends, students deal with varying opinions that lead to conflict on a daily basis. Rather than escalating the conflict, this class will teach students basic mediation skills to encourage active listening and compromise. The purpose of this workshop is to teach students how to facilitate consensus and cooperation between disagreeable parties. As the major activity for this class, students will participate in mock mediations to practice their problem-solving skills. After this workshop, students should be armed with the skills to resolve their own minor conflicts and conflicts with others.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8 7/27-7/29:

            -AM: Fibs & Falsehoods: Fallacies Workshop

Fallacies, what are they? How are they used? Why do they matter? This class teaches students to identify flaws in logic so that they are more aware when they come in contact with them. In this class, students will develop critical thinking skills when evaluating advertisements, commercials and other types of media. This class includes learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing media to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.

            -PM: Mock Trial Workshop

This workshop is designed to introduce students to the use of legal reasoning and argument in the context of trial advocacy. Students will learn the techniques used to conduct trials, including opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, closing arguments, and objections.

Week 9 8/3-8/7: AM Middle School Debate Bootcamp

Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the 2020-2021 Debate & Speech Tournament Season. Students will be instructed in structured arguments, backing up a claim with evidence, researching, writing, and public speaking. Focusing on learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication formats students’ academic and social skills will be sharpened as we address issues related to politics, government, and current events. The goal is to prepare students to give outstanding speeches, achieve outstanding, award quality performance in their school debate team in Spontaneous Argumentation, Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas and Impromptu competitions.

Week 9 8/3-8/7: PM High School Debate Bootcamp

Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the 2020-2021 Debate & Speech Tournament Season. Students will be instructed in structured arguments, backing up a claim with evidence, researching, writing, and public speaking. Focusing on learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication formats students’ academic and social skills will be sharpened as we address issues related to politics, government, and current events. The goal is to prepare students to give outstanding speeches, achieve outstanding, award quality performance in their school debate team in Spontaneous Argumentation, Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas and Impromptu competitions.