Middle School Debate & Public Speaking Workshop

Hosting workshops in communities around the country.

  • Capitol Debate believes that debate camps prepare students to become thinkers, speakers and leaders. This three-part series provides middle school students with an introduction to public speaking and debate. The series does this through fun, engaging and educational public speaking and debate games. Students are not required to attend all of the workshops. The workshop is intended for students in grades 6-8. Enrollment is limited to 24 students.

  • Present Yourself (1.5 hours)

    Everybody has some favorites - ice cream flavor, candy superhero - what are yours? Are you ready to tell everyone about them and why you like them? We will get to know each other as we debate our favorites and try to find the answer to age-old questions like “Is chocolate better than vanilla?”

  • Communications Jeopardy (1.5 hours)

    Are you comfortable in front of a crowd? Are you an expert public speaker? We have the game for you. Join us for a session of communications where we will cover the pitfalls of public speaking, figure out what makes a good speaker and make some speeches of own.

  • Summer Survival Challenge (1.5 hours)

    Who do you need to survive? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker? Does it matter where you live or who you are? Let’s find out! Join us for a public speaking game where what you do or do not say and how you say it can get you voted off of the island. Are you ready?

F.A.Q.s about Public Speaking & Debate

Why Debate?

Debate teaches students to process information in a logical and critical fashion. It values active listening, thoughtful arguments and advocacy, important skills for anyone at any age. A 2011 research study found that “participating in debate was associated with significantly greater score on all four ACT sections relative to comparable students who did not debate.” Debate’s positive impact was also evident in overall GPA and graduation rates.

Is my child too young for debate?

We have successfully taught hundreds of middle school students debate and public speaking skills. The foundation established in middle school can be successfully built upon throughout their high school career.

Does my student need to join the debate team?

No, your student does not need to join the debate team in order to benefit from debate and public speaking skills. Many students attend our programs because we focus on teaching core debate skills that are easily transferable to other activities from a science presentation to Model UN and the school play.

What will my student learn in this workshop series?

Capitol Debate designed this workshop series specifically for middle school students. This three-part series provides middle school students with an introduction to debate and public speaking. The series does this through fun, engaging and educational games. Students are not required to attend all of the workshops.

But frankly, as far as I was concerned Admissions could go to the quarter-final round at any of the top debate tournaments in the country and admit the students that were in that quarter-final round... I think there is a tremendous overlap and rigor here. Put simply, the education the folks are getting in debate, if they're doing it at the highest level, and doing it for the right reasons, is unmatched.

John Sexton, former Dean

New York University School of Law

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