The new Common Core framework will challenge students to deepen their literacy in nearly every subject area, yet CHSSA has seen speech education achieve this cross-curricular synthesis for over half a century.
The lessons here will cover all three textual styles espoused by the Common Core, beginning with our Advocacy unit that teaches argumentation skills. Students will read, write, speak, and listen throughout this project, and its focus on issues surrounding food engages history, science, health, and physical education. Moreover, we’ve devised a rubric that draws upon several elementary and secondary standards, making the lesson easily adaptable to many grade levels.
Speech education increases proficiency and fluency in native speakers and English Learners alike, and we’ll add materials for the English Language Development classroom in the coming months. We are eager to support all teachers through this exciting transition.
-- Paul Pinza
California ELA & ELD Curriculum Framework Committee
The CHSSA Curriculum Committee is dedicated to providing high school English and Speech/Debate teachers with lessons that meet the requirements of the Common Core and CA State ELA Standards.The Common Core anchor standards and high school grade-specific standards work in tandem to define college and career readiness expectations. The Common Core seeks to frame important skills in a continuum that builds between 6th grade and 12th grade. The following lesson is the first in a series of lessons designed to integrate skills acquired through Speech and Debate in English classrooms.
Advocacy Common Core Lesson
Students in this lesson will be drafting a four paragraph advocacy for governmental change on a food related issue of their choice. They must explain the problem facing society, why we should be concerned with it, the legislation they propose as a solution and how their proposed legislation solves the problem. All of the necessary handouts and instructions are linked below.
Instructions for the Unit:
Guides to be used with suggested films: