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Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association
SEDA is grateful that we were able to have our E.C. Leslie Provincials before Covid-19 made its way to Saskatchewan. Unfortunately, most upcoming national debate events have been cancelled or postponed. Fortunately with technology we can remain connected! We will keep you updated on any changes to events and the upcoming debate season through social media and the website. We hope everyone is staying safe and adjusting well to social distancing.
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Speech and Debate Activities
There are plenty of educational speech and debate activities to try! Click on the images below to be directed to the webpages.
Planning on getting some reading done during social distancing? We've found some books you might like!
*Disclaimer: SEDA's recommendations of these books are based on ratings, reviews, and research. The views expressed in these books are those of the authors, and may not reflect the views of SEDA.
The Teen's Guide to Debating and Public Speaking by Claire Duffy
Speaking well builds confidence and opens up a world of opportunity. Learn all about the best ways to prepare for a debate or speech, the persuasive power of reason, and the art of argument and rebuttal. Including practical tips from the pros and helpful step-by-step examples, this is the essential handbook for making every spoken word count.
Make up Your Mind by Clark Porter and James Girsch
Engage students in lively and meaningful discussion about ideas that matter. This book presents 10 pervasive intellectual conflicts including free will vs. determinism, nature vs. nurture, and liberalism vs. conservatism. Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills as they wrestle with contradictions that continue to challenge all people, shaping dialogue about contemporary issues.
Thank you for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs
A master class in the art of persuasion. The time-tested secrets taught in this book include Cicero's three-step strategy for moving an audience to action, and Honest Abe's Shameless Trick for lowering an audience's expectations. And it's also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians' use of code language to appeal to specific groups. This book is warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening.