Writing, Speech, Debate, & General Knowledge
Topics & Worksheets

Topic 1. Writing Processes and Strategies

ChapterDateNotes
01. Writing Test
   
   
02. Writing a Five Paragraph Essay
   
   
03. Types of Essays
   
   
04. The Argumentative/Persuasive Essay
   
   
05. Persuasion
   
   
06. Compare and Contrast
   
   
07. Writing Process Steps
   
   
08. Writing Process Steps - Doing Research
   
   
09. Writing Process Steps - Revising and Editing
   
   
10. Writing a Story: Using a Mind Map
   
   
11. Writing Effective Introductions for Speech and Essay
   
   
12. One Paragraph to Each Topic
   
   
13. Begin Each Paragraph with a Topic Sentence
   
   
14. In Summaries, Keep to One Tense
   
   
15. A Few Matters of Form
   
   
16. Paragraph Organizer
   
   
17. Writing Fluent Sentences
   
   
18. Avoiding Shifts in Sentences
   
   
19. Transitions
   
   
20. Repairing Run-on Sentences
   
   
21. 2007 Essay Writing Contest - Level 1
   
   
22. 2007 Essay Writing Contest - Level 2
   
   
23. 2008 Essay Writing Contest - Level 1
   
   
24. 2008 Essay Writing Contest - Level 2
   
   
25. Writing From Knowledge and Experience
   
   
26. Writing Prompts for Middle & High School Students
   
   
27. Letters About Literature
   
   
28. How to Write a Newspaper Article
   
   
29. In the News
   
   
30. Essays for College Admissions Applications (University of Michigan)
   
   
31. Essays for College Admissions Applications (MIT)
   
   

Topic 2. Public Speaking/Debate Processes and Strategies

ChapterDateNotes
01. Introduction to Rhetoric
   
   
02. Means of Persuasion
   
   
03. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Applied: President Bush Addresses the Nation
   
   
04. Review Test - Writing Level 8
   
   
05. Outline of an Effective Speech
   
   
06. Public Speaking Template
   
   
07. Catchy Openings Using Famous Quotations
   
   
08. Catchy Openings Using Interesting Facts
   
   
09. More Great Quotations
   
   
10. Mini-Speech Practice
   
   
11. 2007 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 1
   
   
12. 2007 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 2
   
   
13. 2008 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 1
   
   
14. 2008 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 2
   
   

Topic 3. People, Society, and Issues

ChapterDateNotes
01. Character Is Destiny
   
   
02. John F. Kennedy
   
   
03. Famous Philosopher -- Confucius
   
   
04. Abraham Lincoln
   
   
05. Ronald Reagan
   
   
06. Franklin D. Roosevelt
   
   
07. Theodore Roosevelt
   
   
08. Thomas Jefferson
   
   
09. George Washington
   
   
10. Bjorn Lomborg sets global priorities
   
   

Topic 4. Sports, Games, and Fitness

ChapterDateNotes
01. Baseball
   
   
02. Golf
   
   
03. Yoga and Meditation
   
   
04. Healthy Eating
   
   
05. Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian
   
   
06. Essay Writing Test - Favorite Sport
   
   

Topic 5. Money, Finance, and Economics

ChapterDateNotes
01. The World Population
   
   
02. Investing Basics
   
   
03. Stock Investing
   
   
04. Petroleum (Oil) Industry
   
   
05. Stock Research -- Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies
   
   
06. The Great Depression (1929-1939)
   
   
07. Global Financial Crisis of 2008
   
   
08. Economic Bubbles
   
   

Topic 6. History, Geography, and Civics

ChapterDateNotes
01. Memorable Speech: Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!
   
   
02. Memorable Speech: The Space Shuttle ''Challenger'' Tragedy Address
   
   
03. Geography Extremes
   
   
04. Geography Extremes - 2
   
   
05. Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
   
   
06. Article of the Day
   
   
07. This Day In History
   
   
08. Immigration to the US
   
   
09. Countries and Capitals - 2
   
   
10. Countries and Capitals
   
   
11. Rivers in the US
   
   
12. Cycles
   
   

Topic 7. Science and Technology

ChapterDateNotes
01. Nano Technology
   
   
02. Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars
   
   
03. Researching Career Choices
   
   
04. Fields of Study
   
   
05. Biotechnology
   
   
06. Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil
   
   
07. Michael Specter: The danger of science denial
   
   
08. Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
   
   
09. Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries
   
   
10. Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!
   
   
11. Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net
   
   

Topic 8. Advanced Writing & Composition

ChapterDateNotes
01. Persuasive Essay Topics
   
   
02. Writing Practice 9
   
   
03. Writing Practice 8
   
   
04. Writing Practice 7
   
   
05. Writing Practice 6
   
   
06. Writing Practice 5
   
   
07. Writing Practice 4
   
   
08. Writing Practice 3
   
   
09. More Persuasive Essay Topics
   
   
10. Writing Practice 10