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Debate and Ethics
Mr. Moseley

Debate Syllabus (first semester)Edit

Course descriptionEdit

This course serves as an introduction to the structure and practice of debate. Before engaging in debate students will need to become acquainted with some of the basic skills of argumentation along with forensics, the activity of giving speeches. The course will teach students the skills of analysis, research and reasoning and these form the basis for the work the student will do in competitive forensic activities.

Course purposeEdit

Debate is the practice of inquiry and advocacy, a way of arriving at a reasoned judgment on a proposition (pro or con). Students who take advantage of this course will acquire the skills that will equip them to move with ease through many academic pursuits and through much hard work be able to compose precise, stimulating, and well supported arguments and to properly critique opposing points of view.

Course outlineEdit

Quarter 1Edit

  • Basic Forensic skills (textbook chapters 1 – 4)
  • Winning Decisions in Argumentation (textbook chapters 5-10)

Quarter 2Edit

  • Student Congress: Legislative Debate (textbook chapters 11 - 16)
  • Parliamentary Procedure (textbook chapters 17)
  • Mock Trial Case

Course requirementsEdit

  • Be on time and be prepared for class – textbook, notebook, pen, etc.
  • Be respectful of others - including their opinions and time to talk
  • Be engaged in class – participate as it is 20% of your grade
  • Be responsible – you should get missed notes, work, schedule make-ups, etc.

Course gradingEdit

The student’s grade will be determined by the following breakdown:

  • Homework – 30%
  • Projects – 40%
    • legislative debate, mock trial and speech prep
  • Quiz (vocabulary) – 10%
  • In-class participation – 20%
    • must participate in all debate activities



  • No late homework accepted.
  • Late projects lose 50% of grade.
  • In-lieu of a Final Exam we will be conducting several debate “exams” or performances which will be based upon preparation as well as performance and is listed in grading as “Projects” this applies to both semesters.
  • After school Help Class will be on Tuesday from 3:15-4:00pm.


Ethics Syllabus (second semester)Edit

Course descriptionEdit

Ethics is a system of moral principles or rules of conduct with respect to the rightness or wrongness of certain actions and to the integrity of the motives and ends of such actions. This course will be based upon Christian Ethics, more specifically focusing on Jesus and his teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. A variety of normative issues will be discussed, including marriage, love, justice, truth, economics, care for God’s creation, war and peace, and biotechnology. The focal point of the course will be examining the virtues (ethical positions) of Kingdom people (Kingdom of God) based upon the authority of the Holy Bible centering on the ethical teachings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The ethical discussions in the classroom will be done in a variety of ways including debate, speech or roundtable format, techniques that will have been learned in the first half (semester) of this course.

Course purposeEdit

Through debate and methodically uncovering Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount, students will achieve an enhanced understanding of Christian ethical values (Kingdom ethics) and how to intellectually and spiritually appreciate and put into daily practice those values according to God’s truth.

Course OutlineEdit

Quarter 3Edit

  • The Reign of God and Christian Character (Kingdom Ethics chapters 1 – 3)
  • The Way of Jesus and Prophetic Authority (textbook chapters 4-6)

Quarter 4Edit

  • The Central Norms of Christian Ethics (Kingdom Ethics chapters 16 - 17)
  • Ethical Issues and Discussion (Kingdom Ethics chapters 7-15 and 18-24)

Course requirementsEdit

  • Be on time and beprepared for class – textbook, notebook, pen, etc.
  • Be respectful of others - including their opinions and time to talk
  • Be engaged in class – participate as it is 20% of your grade
  • Be responsible – you should get missed notes, work, schedule make-ups, etc.

Course gradingEdit

The student’s grade will be determined by the following breakdown:

  • Homework – 30%
  • Projects – 40%
    • (5 total: 2 page papers on ethical issues)
  • Quiz (vocabulary) – 10%
  • In-class participation – 20%



  • No late homework accepted.
  • Late projects lose 50% of grade.
  • After school Help Class will be on Tuesday from 3:15-4:00pm.

Notes For ClassEdit

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