Speech/Drama/Debate

Course Descriptions

  • Debate/Forensics/Theatre/Law

    Introduction to the Fine Arts
    Course #: HS0760
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art

    Students will survey the Principles and Elements of Visual Art, Theatre, and Vocal Music. This course will be comprised of three 6-week rotations between the Fine Arts disciplines. Students will understand the building blocks of each discipline and how they relate to one another.


    Debate I
    (BSHS Only)
    Course #: BS0508
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Speech/Elective
    Prerequisite: A GPA of 2.0 or better is recommended

    Debate is designed to teach introductory level skills in argumentation, persuasion, speech, logic, research, analysis, organization, speech and debate formats and rules, in addition to a wide array of content knowledge covering areas of policy and philosophical studies and current events. This course may fulfill ½ unit of Speech required for graduation. Because debate is a co-curricular activity, participation in weekend tournaments is required-both competing on behalf of Blue Springs School District and assisting in hosting Blue Springs School District’s annual invitational tournament during the second weekend of October. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competitions. Special Note: The Blue Springs School District Debate teams are a four-year competitive program offering students the potential to earn up to 6 hours of college credit through the Missouri State University Dual Credit Program. In addition, students may earn up to three years of honor points toward their high school GPA (i.e., Debate II/College Debate 110 and Advanced Debate/College Debate 320 are weighted courses).

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    Debate I
    (BSSHS Only)
    Course #: BSS0509
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type:  Speech/Elective
    Prerequisite: A GPA of 2.0 or better is recommended

    Debate is designed to teach introductory level skills in argumentation, persuasion, speech, logic, research, analysis, organization, speech and debate formats and rules, in addition to a wide array of content knowledge covering areas of policy and philosophical studies and current events. This course may fulfill ½ unit of Speech required for graduation. Because debate is a co-curricular activity, participation in weekend tournaments is required-both competing on behalf of Blue Springs School District and assisting in hosting Blue Springs School District’s annual invitational tournament during the second weekend of October. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competitions. Special Note: The Blue Springs School District Debate teams are a four-year competitive program offering students the potential to earn up to 6 hours of college credit through the Missouri State University Dual Credit Program. In addition, students may earn up to three years of honor points toward their high school GPA (i.e., Debate II/College Debate 110 and Advanced Debate/College Debate 320 are weighted courses).

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSSHS for this course.


    Debate II/College Debate**
    Course #: HS0511
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Speech/Elective
    Dual Credit: COMM 120 through MSU.  Must meet MSU dual credit requirements
    Prerequisite: Debate I

    Debate II/College Debate is designed to teach intermediate level skills in argumentation, persuasion, speech, logic, research, analysis, organization, speech and debate formats and rules, in addition to a wide array of content knowledge covering areas of policy and philosophical studies and current events. This course may fulfill the ½ unit of Speech required for graduation. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Because debate is a co-curricular activity, participation in weekend tournaments is required-both competing on behalf of Blue Springs School District and assisting in hosting Blue Springs School District’s annual invitational tournament during the second weekend of October. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competitions. Students taking this course have the option to enroll in dual credit. Interested students should immediately seek out their counselor for assistance in applying to the program. Special Note: The Blue Springs School District Debate program is a four-year competitive program offering students the potential to earn up to 6 hours of college credit through the Missouri State University Dual Credit Program. In addition, students may earn up to three years of honor points toward their high school GPA.


    Advanced Debate/College Debate**
    Course #: HS0513
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Speech/Elective
    4th year debate students may count this as meeting their 4th year English Requirement
    Dual Credit: COMM 320 through MSU and mus meet dual credit requirements
    Prerequisite: Debate II

    Advanced Debate/College Debate 320 is designed to teach mastery level skills in argumentation, persuasion, speech, logic, research, analysis, organization, speech and debate formats and rules, in addition to a wide array of content knowledge covering areas of policy and philosophical studies and current events. This course may fulfill the ½ unit of Speech required for graduation. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed. Because debate is a co-curricular activity, participation in weekend tournaments is required-both competing on behalf of Blue Springs School District and assisting in hosting Blue Springs School District’s annual invitational tournament during the second weekend of October. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competition files (copies, evidence boxes, etc.). Students taking this course have the option to enroll in dual credit through MSU.


    Beginning Forensics
    (BSHS only)
    Course #: HS0516
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art/Speech

    In this course students prepare for competition in such categories as duet acting, dramatic and humorous interpretation, poetry and prose reading, storytelling, and duo interpretation. Weekend tournament participation is required. Students will help with the Blue Springs or Blue Springs South Tournament. May fulfill the ½ unit of Fine Arts credit or the Speech requirement for graduation. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competitions (copies, evidence, boxes, etc.).

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSHS for this course.


    Beginning Forensics
    (BSSHS only)
    Course #: HS0517
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art/Speech

    In this course students prepare for competition in such categories as duet acting, dramatic and humorous interpretation, poetry and prose reading, storytelling, and duo interpretation. Weekend tournament participation is required. Students will help with the Blue Springs or Blue Springs South Tournament. May fulfill the ½ unit of Fine Arts credit or the Speech requirement for graduation. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competitions (copies, evidence, boxes, etc.).

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSSHS for this course.


    Intermediate Forensics
    Course #: HS0518
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art/Speech
    Prerequisite: Beginning Forensics

    This course is designed for those students who wish to continue a more in-depth analysis of interpretation of literature and rehearsal techniques. Students are required to participate in weekend tournaments and to help run the Blue Springs or Blue Springs South Speech Tournament. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competition files (copies, evidence, boxes, etc.). May fulfill the ½ unit of Fine Arts credit or the Speech requirement for graduation.


    College Forensics**
    Course #: HS0520
    Grade: 12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Speech/Elective
    Dual Credit: 3 Semester hours SPDR 131 through MCC - Blue River and students must meet all MCC dual credit requirements
    Prerequisite: Advanced Forensics

    College credit Forensics refines the critical and independent analysis of interpretation and rehearsal techniques. Learners will be exposed to peer coaching. Students will assume leadership roles in the Blue Springs or Blue Springs South Speech Tournament. Weekend tournament participation is required. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competition files (copies, evidence boxes, etc.). A MCC dual credit fee is required if this course is taken for college credit. This course may fulfill the ½ unit of Fine Arts credit or the Speech requirement for graduation. An additional honor point will be earned for each semester successfully completed.


    Advanced Forensics
    Course #: HS0522
    Grade: 9-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art/Speech

    This course continues the development of the critical and independent analysis of interpretation and rehearsal techniques. Students will also increase their researching skills and acquire a better knowledge for the cutting and adapting of interpretive materials. In addition, reader’s theatre and radio speaking will be covered. Students will hold committee positions for the Blue Springs/Blue Springs South Speech Tournament. Students are required to dress professionally for competitions. In addition, students may have some expenses for their competition files (copies, evidence, boxes, etc.). May fulfill the ½ unit of Fine Arts credit or the Speech requirement for graduation.


    Introduction to Theatre
    Course #: HS0812
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art/Speech

    This is a survey course for the students who wish to explore the fundamental elements of theatre. Units covered include basic acting skills, theatre history, and dramatic structure. This may fulfill the ½ unit of Fine Arts credit or the Speech requirement for graduation.

    Freshmen will be transported by bus to BSSHS for this course.


    Stage Design & Theatre Technology
    Course #: HS0536
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre and teacher recommendation

    Students interested in the technical aspects of theatre production will study scene design and construction, scene painting, lighting, costumes, properties, special effects, and make-up.


    Theatre Study
    Course #: HS0530
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art
    Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre

    This course is designed for those students who wish to further develop their acting skills. Emphasis is placed on character development, play analysis and scene study. This may fulfill ½ unit of the Fine Arts credit.


    Advanced Theater Study
    (BSHS only)
    Course #: BS0831
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Fine Art

    Prerequisite: Theater Study and teacher reccommendation

    This course is designed for those students who wish to pursue theatre in more depth. Participants will study audition techniques, acting styles and production principles. Students will apply learned skills in classroom performance. Out-of-class activities may be required. This may fulfill ½ unit of the Fine Arts credit.


    Communications I/UMKC College ST 110 Speaking and Listening
    Course #: HSO502
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Speech/Elective
    Dual Credit: Must meet UMKC dual credit requirements

    This semester course is designed to help students improve their communication skills through various types of activities. Activities include introductions to self-awareness, opportunities to prepare, present and evaluate speeches, exercises in articulation, group decision making activities, and analytical thinking. Fulfills the ½ unit of Speech requirement for graduation. Students taking this course have the option to enroll in UMKC’s High School College Partnership (HSCP) dual credit program to earn 3 hours of college credit. A UMKC dual fee is required if this course is taken for college credit.


    Introduction to Directing
    Course #: HS0538
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: 1 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This class is for seniors who desire to develop directing skills. Participants will study various directing techniques, prepare scenes and direct one-act plays.


    Judicial Law and Practice
    Course #: HS0539
    Grade: 10-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective

    This is a performance and presentation-based course for students interested in careers in law, legal studies, or the criminal justice system. Students will study and apply the skills of legal argumentation. The course covers mechanics of criminal and civil trials. Professional conduct, trial preparation, advocacy skills, litigation and cross examination skills, and opening and closing arguments will be emphasized. Lawyers will serve as guest lecturers as well as mentors from the legal community individualizing on specific types of law such as criminal law; criminal/civil procedure; torts; contracts; property and family law. Students will participate in classroom mock trials to help them synthesize and apply their acquired knowledge. Students will be given the opportunity to compete on the mock trial team during the spring semester.


    Dual Credit Pre-Law**
    Course #: HS0503H
    Grade: 11-12
    Credits: .5 Unit
    Credit Type: Elective
    Dual Credit: AS 115, AS 215, AS 315 and UMKC Dual-Credit requirements

    This intensive course taught by a licensed attorney focuses on developing core skills identified as key components for success in law school. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, analytic and problem solving skills; critical reading and analysis of legal documents, including judicial opinions and statutes; analytical writing and revision of legal documents, including pleadings, contracts, deeds, wills, and trusts; oral and listening communication skills, including interviews, mediations, depositions, and opening and closing statements; legal research, including use of technology and sherardizing; ethics; and professional responsibility. Representatives from diverse areas of the legal profession will serve as guest lecturers. Students will have the opportunity to witness actual courtroom proceedings, take a practice LSAT (Law School Aptitude Test), and complete an application to law school. This is a UMKC Dual Credit Course that will be taught Fall Semester at BSHS and Spring Semester at BSSHS 7th hour only.


     

  • ** Students enrolling in dual credit and/or AP classes need to check with the college/university they are planning on attending regarding transferability and acceptable grades.