AIM Academics & AIM4A Tutoring/Test Prep

Writing, Speech, Debate, & General Knowledge
Curriculum Outline

Topic 1. Writing Processes and Strategies

1Writing Test
2Writing a Five Paragraph Essay
3Types of Essays
4The Argumentative/Persuasive Essay
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
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

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

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

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

Topic 5. Money, Finance, and Economics

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

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

Topic 7. Science and Technology

1Nano Technology
2Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars
3Researching Career Choices
4Fields of Study
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

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