AIM Academics & AIM4A Tutoring/Test Prep

Writing, Speech, Debate, & General Knowledge
Curriculum Outline

Topic 1. Writing Processes and Strategies

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1Writing Test
   
                                  
2Writing a Five Paragraph Essay
   
                                  
3Types of Essays
   
                                  
4The Argumentative/Persuasive Essay
   
                                  
5Persuasion
   
                                  
6Compare and Contrast
   
                                  
7Writing Process Steps
   
                                  
8Writing Process Steps - Doing Research
   
                                  
9Writing Process Steps - Revising and Editing
   
                                  
10Writing a Story: Using a Mind Map
   
                                  
11Writing Effective Introductions for Speech and Essay
   
                                  
12One Paragraph to Each Topic
   
                                  
13Begin Each Paragraph with a Topic Sentence
   
                                  
14In Summaries, Keep to One Tense
   
                                  
15A Few Matters of Form
   
                                  
16Paragraph Organizer
   
                                  
17Writing Fluent Sentences
   
                                  
18Avoiding Shifts in Sentences
   
                                  
19Transitions
   
                                  
20Repairing Run-on Sentences
   
                                  
212007 Essay Writing Contest - Level 1
   
                                  
222007 Essay Writing Contest - Level 2
   
                                  
232008 Essay Writing Contest - Level 1
   
                                  
242008 Essay Writing Contest - Level 2
   
                                  
25Writing From Knowledge and Experience
   
                                  
26Writing Prompts for Middle & High School Students
   
                                  
27Letters About Literature
   
                                  
28How to Write a Newspaper Article
   
                                  
29In the News
   
                                  
30Essays for College Admissions Applications (University of Michigan)
   
                                  
31Essays for College Admissions Applications (MIT)
   
                                  

Topic 2. Public Speaking/Debate Processes and Strategies

#ChapterDateNotes
1Introduction to Rhetoric
   
                                  
2Means of Persuasion
   
                                  
3Ethos, Pathos, and Logos Applied: President Bush Addresses the Nation
   
                                  
4Review Test - Writing Level 8
   
                                  
5Outline of an Effective Speech
   
                                  
6Public Speaking Template
   
                                  
7Catchy Openings Using Famous Quotations
   
                                  
8Catchy Openings Using Interesting Facts
   
                                  
9More Great Quotations
   
                                  
10Mini-Speech Practice
   
                                  
112007 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 1
   
                                  
122007 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 2
   
                                  
132008 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 1
   
                                  
142008 AIM4A Public Speaking Contest Level 2
   
                                  

Topic 3. People, Society, and Issues

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1Character Is Destiny
   
                                  
2John F. Kennedy
   
                                  
3Famous Philosopher -- Confucius
   
                                  
4Abraham Lincoln
   
                                  
5Ronald Reagan
   
                                  
6Franklin D. Roosevelt
   
                                  
7Theodore Roosevelt
   
                                  
8Thomas Jefferson
   
                                  
9George Washington
   
                                  
10Bjorn Lomborg sets global priorities
   
                                  

Topic 4. Sports, Games, and Fitness

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1Baseball
   
                                  
2Golf
   
                                  
3Yoga and Meditation
   
                                  
4Healthy Eating
   
                                  
5Graham Hill: Why I'm a weekday vegetarian
   
                                  
6Essay Writing Test - Favorite Sport
   
                                  

Topic 5. Money, Finance, and Economics

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1The World Population
   
                                  
2Investing Basics
   
                                  
3Stock Investing
   
                                  
4Petroleum (Oil) Industry
   
                                  
5Stock Research -- Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies
   
                                  
6The Great Depression (1929-1939)
   
                                  
7Global Financial Crisis of 2008
   
                                  
8Economic Bubbles
   
                                  

Topic 6. History, Geography, and Civics

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1Memorable Speech: Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!
   
                                  
2Memorable Speech: The Space Shuttle ''Challenger'' Tragedy Address
   
                                  
3Geography Extremes
   
                                  
4Geography Extremes - 2
   
                                  
5Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
   
                                  
6Article of the Day
   
                                  
7This Day In History
   
                                  
8Immigration to the US
   
                                  
9Countries and Capitals - 2
   
                                  
10Countries and Capitals
   
                                  
11Rivers in the US
   
                                  
12Cycles
   
                                  

Topic 7. Science and Technology

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1Nano Technology
   
                                  
2Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars
   
                                  
3Researching Career Choices
   
                                  
4Fields of Study
   
                                  
5Biotechnology
   
                                  
6Richard Sears: Planning for the end of oil
   
                                  
7Michael Specter: The danger of science denial
   
                                  
8Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
   
                                  
9Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries
   
                                  
10Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!
   
                                  
11Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net
   
                                  

Topic 8. Advanced Writing & Composition

#ChapterDateNotes
1Persuasive Essay Topics
   
                                  
2Writing Practice 9
   
                                  
3Writing Practice 8
   
                                  
4Writing Practice 7
   
                                  
5Writing Practice 6
   
                                  
6Writing Practice 5
   
                                  
7Writing Practice 4
   
                                  
8Writing Practice 3
   
                                  
9More Persuasive Essay Topics
   
                                  
10Writing Practice 10