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Persuasive
Speaking

"Persuasive Speaking" is the precursor to Rise & Shine's debating programs and a stand-alone program for developing life and leadership skills. 

Suitable for Years 4 - 8 and culminating in a speech event for peers and parents, students work in pairs to prepare a persuasive speech designed to convince the audience of their ideas.

Persuasive Speaking introduces students to the art of speaking with ease and confidence in a fun, enjoyable, and active way. 

This program covers:
 

  • Effective body language, posture and confidence.
     

  • Voice projection, expression and pace.
     

  • Eye contact, connection, and interaction with the audience. 
     

  • Creating engaging introductions.
     

  • The art of persuasion and speaking convincingly.
     

  • Research skills and using examples and evidence.

  • Writing the body of a speech.
     

  • Creating an impactful conclusion. 
     

  • Using palm cards for effective speaking. 
     

  • Techniques for coping with nerves and dealing with mistakes. 
     

  • Delivering a speech to an audience. 

If you are interested in holding this program at your school, please contact us for a full program outline and outcome descriptions.

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Debating Level 1
First Steps to Debating

"First Steps to Debating" introduces Year 5 - 8 students to the fundamentals of debating using the Rise & Shine method.

This program provides a great way for students to learn in a supportive, friendly and inclusive environment. Debating provides an opportunity for students to develop wonderful skills for school and life, as well as have some fun along the way!

"First Steps to Debating" offers students an accessible, step-by-step process for tackling a new and challenging activity. 

This program covers:
 

  • What is debating? 
     

  • Basic manner skills - voice, body language and eye contact.
     

  • Defining a debate topic. 
     

  • Generating ideas for affirmative and negative positions.
     

  • Research skills, using examples and evidence to create strong arguments.
     

  • The art of persuasion and speaking convincingly.
     

  • Understanding speaker roles in a debate. 

  • Techniques for writing engaging introductions and conclusions.
     

  • Basic signposting skills to start and end a debate.
     

  • Introductory rebuttal skills.
     

  • Using palm cards for effective speaking. 
     

  • How to handle nerves and deal with mistakes. 
     

  • Teamwork & collaboration skills.
     

  • Delivering an in-house debate speech to an audience. 
     

If you are interested in holding this program at your school, please contact us for a full program outline and detailed outcome descriptions. 
 

Debating Level 2
Create a Winning Foundation

"Create a Winning Foundation" allows Years 5 - 8 students who have some experience with debating.

This program allows students to develop their skills and move from a beginner to an intermediate level through practicing debating against others over several terms.  

 

"Create a Winning Foundation" is a program that allows students to build solid debating skills, teamwork and collaboration skills, and to have their ideas heard - speaking up with confidence!

This program covers:
 

  • Intermediate skills for great manner - voice expression, projection and pace, body language and eye contact.
     

  • Defining a debate topic effectively. 
     

  • Generating ideas for affirmative and negative positions.
     

  • Intermediate research skills, using examples and evidence to create strong arguments.
     

  • Techniques for persuasion and engaging an audience.
     

  • Working together as a team collaboratively. 

  • Techniques for writing effective introductions and conclusions, including signposting skills. 
     

  • Intermediate rebuttal skills.
     

  • Writing a strong body using credible sources to support ideas. 
     

  • Using palm cards to improve manner skills. 
     

  • Understanding the role of a chairperson.
     

  • Delivering an in-house or interschool debate. 
     

If you are interested in holding this program at your school, please contact us for a full program outline and detailed outcome descriptions. 

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Debating Level 3
Debating with Excellence

"Debating with Excellence" is Rise & Shine's advanced debating program for Years 6 - 8 students with significant debating experience. 

This program supports students to fine-tune and hone their debating and leadership skills, develop mastery, and to work toward presenting excellent debates and sharing their thoughts publicly with ease.

 

"Debating with Excellence" also supports students with academic skills for transitioning from primary to middle school, and starting high school.  

This program covers:
 

  • An understanding of how to approach different types of debate topics.
     

  • Advanced manner skills and interaction with the audience.
     

  • Using a definition to enhance a debate. 
     

  • Creating an effective team theme.
     

  • Advanced research skills.
     

  • Using examples and evidence from credible sources to support strong arguments.
     

  • Skills for chairing a debate.

  • Advanced techniques for  introductions, conclusions, and signposting skills. 
     

  • Advanced rebuttal skills.
     

  • Use of palm cards for masterful engagement with an audience. 
     

  • Using team strategies for a more effective debate.
     

  • Using allocated time in a debate effectively.
     

  • Delivering an interschool debate to an audience. 

If you are interested in holding this program at your school, please contact us for a full program outline and detailed outcome descriptions. 

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