Summer 2021 Camp

Cogito Debate 2021 Online Summer Information & Class Description
  • All summer courses will continue to be online. In-person classes will start in the fall.
  • Find the camp that you want to sign up for in our "Classes" tab on the upper left to register.
  • Please email alexk@cogitodebate.com for any questions on our summer program.
  • Camps are 2 weeks, 10 day sessions from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM daily.
  • Workshops are 1 week, 5 day sessions from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM daily.
  • Special skills camps and brand new Lincoln Douglas camp will be held from 6:30-8:30 PM daily.

Summer 2021 Online Camp

SESSION ONE: June 7th-June 18th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters (4th-6th Grade) 9:00-12:00 PM
  • Roller Coasters & Rising Costs: The Business of Theme Parks

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class students learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.

  • Public Speaking-Novice (Middle-High School) 9:00-12:00 PM

Students will learn to research, and analyze a variety of topics. Their reactions to the topics will take the form of informative and persuasive speeches. Coach feedback and peer assessment are used on a regular basis to identify existing strengths and provide insight and suggestions into areas of improvement to ensure students are developing good speaking habits.

  • Public Speaking-Intermediate (Middle-High School) 9:00-12:00 PM

This class builds on learned delivery skills and focuses on Platform speaking which includes informative speaking, persuasive speaking and Speech to Entertain (STE). This class is especially effective in helping students prepare for research presentations.

  • Lincoln Douglas Intro Boot Camp (Middle-High School) 6:30-8:30 PM

This bootcamp is designed to introduce LD debate to our current debate students (recommended for Intro/Interim debate students). An introduction to Lincoln Douglas to prepare students to enroll for the fall LD classes.

SESSION TWO: June 21st-June 25th

  • Fibs & Falsehoods: Fallacies Workshop (4th-6th Grade) 9:00-12:00 PM

Fallacies, what are they? How are they used? Why do they matter? This class teaches students to identify flaws in logic so that they are more aware when they come in contact with them. In this class, students will develop critical thinking skills when evaluating advertisements, commercials and other types of media. This class includes learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing media to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.

  • Advocacy & Social Issues Workshop (Middle School) 9:00-12:00 PM

Whether we realize it or not, social issues affect the immediate world around us. The purpose of this workshop is for students to become aware of these social issues that affect their community and learn about the importance of advocacy. For their main project, students will choose a local nonprofit that represents a cause that the students feel passionate about and create an advertising campaign for them. Students will roleplay as a member of the nonprofit of their choosing and will develop various advertising materials for their campaign.

  • Negotiation & Peacemaking Workshop (High School) 9:00-12:00 PM

Whether it be at home, at school or among their friends, students deal with varying opinions that lead to conflict on a daily basis. Rather than escalating the conflict, this class will teach students basic mediation skills to encourage active listening and compromise. The purpose of this workshop is to teach students how to facilitate consensus and cooperation between disagreeable parties. As the major activity for this class, students will participate in mock mediations to practice their problem-solving skills. After this workshop, students should be armed with the skills to resolve their own minor conflicts and conflicts with others.

  • Platform Speaking Class (once a week) PM/evening slot (match with Forrest)

SESSION THREE: July 05th-July 16th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters (4th-6th Grade) 9:00-12:00 PM
  • What it Takes to be the President: Political Campaigns

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class encourages students to learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.

  • Parliamentary Debate (Novice) 9:00-12:00 PM

Introduction to Parliamentary Debate is intended for students that are new to debate. It is based on the principles of Parliamentary Debate, in which argumentation skills are applied to a wide variety of topics. Parliamentary Debate is considered an impromptu speaking exercise. Students learn to be prepared to present arguments that either propose the resolution or oppose the resolution, depending on which side of the debate they are assigned.

  • MS Bridge Bootcamp 9:00-12:00 PM
  • Platform Speaking Class

SESSION FOUR: July 19th-July 30th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters (4th-6th Grade) 9:00-12:00 PM
  • From Mario Kart to Minecraft: The Vision of Video Games

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class encourages students to learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.

  • Middle School Debate Bootcamp

Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the 2020-2021 Debate & Speech Tournament Season. Students will be instructed in structured arguments, backing up a claim with evidence, researching, writing, and public speaking. Focusing on learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication formats students’ academic and social skills will be sharpened as we address issues related to politics, government, and current events. The goal is to prepare students to give outstanding speeches, achieve outstanding, award quality performance in their debate team in Spontaneous Argumentation, Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas and Impromptu competitions.

  • High School Debate Bootcamp

Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the 2020-2021 Debate & Speech Tournament Season. Students will be instructed in structured arguments, backing up a claim with evidence, researching, writing, and public speaking. Focusing on learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication formats students’ academic and social skills will be sharpened as we address issues related to politics, government, and current events. The goal is to prepare students to give outstanding speeches, achieve outstanding, award quality performance in their school debate team in Spontaneous Argumentation, Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas and Impromptu competitions.

SESSION FIVE: August 2nd-August 13th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters (4th-6th Grade) 9:00-12:00 PM
  • Global Citizenship: Treaties, Alliances, and the U.N.

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class encourages students to learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.