Welcome to the curriculum side to Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate. I’m delighted you are digging in to the wonderful world of forensics. This curriculum is brand new to the 5th Edition of Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate. It serves to make speech and debate easy to understand, easy to get involved, and easy to pull others into this great community. Before you dive into the lessons, let me analyze these three purposes of Jeub’s Guide Curriculum.
First, the seven lessons attempt to make speech and debate easy to understand. There are several leagues and organizations you and your students can participate in. After adding all the wildcard and consolation events available in these leagues, there are likely dozens of different speech events and debate formats. Jeub’s Guide to Speech & Debate narrows focus down to the three major leagues and the events available in each of them. By the end, you should have few stones unturned in understanding what is expected of you and the opportunities available to your students’ first competition.
Second, this curriculum gives you the confidence to get involved. As I’ll explain in the introduction, I had some humble beginnings as a debate coach with no prior knowledge to the extracurricular activity I was thrown into. It has been nearly 20 years since then, and today I’m glad I experienced the whiplash of getting involved. I remember all too well how lost I was, and if anything this curriculum—written in seven lessons—is meant to make it simple and easy to understand.
Finally, the fact that this curriculum is laid out in seven simple lessons that picks apart the details involved with speech and debate competition, I hope it makes it possible to spread the word and get more involved. Like any economy, the more active participation, the smoother things go. I have little doubt that once you get rolling—with a team of other teachers and coaches or on your own—word will spread on how awesome the speech and debate community is.
You’re probably anxious to dive in, but I’d like to set the stage for you. There are three goals I have for you.