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Morristown West High School Course Syllabus


School Year: 2011-2012

Instructor: Suzanne Terry

Course: Theatre Arts 3/Forensics (Competitive Speech and Debate)

Room 476

Phone: 423 581 1600 ext. 1048


After School Extra Help (Days/Time): Mon-Thurs 3:00 till 4:30 unless other -wise specified.


General Course Description and Objectives:


Philosophy, Goals and Objectives

Good oral communication is essential to a productive life. The speech and debate program, therefore, attempts to provide oral communication experiences that develop skill and self-confidence in speaking, both in public and private. Participation is the key to the success of the student in this class. Students select their events, partners, materials for performance, rehearsal time and performance times in class.


The objectives are to:

1.  Provide oral communication experiences that increase self-esteem and establish better interpersonal relationships.

2.  Help students think creatively and express themselves enthusiastically.

3.  Increase the student's desire to search for answers to challenging questions.

4.  Help students understand the importance of organization in speech writing.

5.  Instill within students the realization that hard work yields success.

6.  Help students understand and deal with stage fright and embarrassment.

7.  Acquaint students with a wide variety of speech activities.

8.  Acquaint students with constructive criticism and critical listening.

9.  Help students solve problems with expression, volume, pitch, diction, and articulation.

10. Provide the opportunity for every student to experience the thrill of a successful performance before an audience.


I cover most standards each day. You may find the TN State Standards for this course at:


Our Schedule for the 2011/2012 school year is:


Wake Forest                                     September, 9-11

Soddy Daisy                                     September, 17

Bob Jones Academy                       October, 15

Seymour                                              October, 29

Morristown West                            November, 5

Glenbrooks                                        November, 17-20

Myers Park                                         January, 6-7

Public Forum Challenge                               January, 8

Emory University                             January, 26 (after school)-29

Southside                                           February, 11

Harvard                                                February, 17-20

National Qualifying                        March, 2-3

Districts                                               March, 23-24

State                                                     April, 19-21


My planning period is 2nd period second semester. Please feel free to give me a call or send an email if I can answer any questions.