From: $90.00 / month for 5 months

Grades:  9th–12th

Class:  Thu 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET

Dates (2nd Sem):  Jan 8–May 3

Price:  $399

Instructor:  Lisa Duckworth

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Course Description

Debate Syllabus coming soon

A minimum of 4 students are needed for the course to run.

Debate is a course designed to promote research, analysis, and public speaking skills. Students enrolled in this course should have previous experience in a public speaking course. Students will learn and review basic and advanced oral communication skills and will be given the opportunity to apply those skills in a class debate setting. Students strive to gain and experience a complete understanding of many different debates’ styles and types. Debate styles include but are not limited to Policy Debate, cross-examination debates, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, SPAR Debates, role-play debates, and congressional/parliamentary debates.
Course Structure
Each debate style will be a separate unit. Each unit may have several topics in the unit. I use a modified flipped classroom, so students will use digital resources, videos, video lectures, and web links to learn about the topics. Live classes will mostly be for class discussions, group/team work and debating sessions, with some class lectures. Outside of class, work will consist of practicing topic skills, learning vocabulary, researching debate topics, analyzing documents, viewing sample debates, and outside readings. Students should expect to do 2-3 hours on assignments per week. Most assignments will be due weekly, with some having longer dues dates. In addition, there will be periodic assessments on the topic material, including vocabulary, and a cumulative test will be given at the end of the semester. Students will complete most assessments on Canvas.
Who should enroll?
Students in 9-12th grade who desire to learn about and practice debating skills. Enrolled students should have completed a public speaking course at Aim Academy or elsewhere, prior to enrollment.
Enrolled students should have completed a public speaking course at Aim Academy (Speech & Debate) or elsewhere, prior to enrollment. A written application or placement assessment may be required.
Technology Requirements
  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch video lectures and other videos as assigned
  • Computer
  • Scanning Capabilities (phone, iPad, tablet or scanner)
  • Printer
  • Microsoft or Google Products Access (MS Word, MS Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets, PowerPoint or Google Slides)

Evaluation and Feedback

Student progress will be assessed through assignments that may include but are not limited to debate events, research assignments, periodic topic mastery checks and a cumulative unit test, outside homework, readings and video assignments, and class participation.

  • Total points will compute all graded assignments.
  • Students should expect to spend about 2-3 hours outside of the live class practicing and reviewing skills taught in the class. Researching topics, supporting material, and analysis of documents will also be a significant part of a student’s homework assignments.
  • Students will receive a progress report mid-semester and at the end of a semester. Parent conferences are available upon request.
  • All grades will be available in Canvas for students and parents.
  • Unless otherwise specified, assignments will be graded within one week of submission.


Parents and Students may contact me through Canvas. I will respond within 48 hours to all communications. Please do not hesitate to contact me or ask questions.


Required Texts

No required texts, but please provide the following supplies

  • 3-ring binder
  • loose-leaf paper
  • pencils
  • pens
  • highlighter
  • Post-it Notes
  • index cards



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Instructor Bio

Lisa Duckworth

A former AAO parent, Lisa is joining the Aim Academy Online faculty for the 2022-23 school year. Welcome, Lisa!

Hi! I am Lisa Duckworth, and I am super excited to teach science with Aim Academy! I have been an educator for 30 years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!) and have taught science to all ages of students. I started teaching public high school science in NC – Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP Biology and then took time off to be a homeschooling mom to 4 fabulous kids. Over the last 20 years, I have been teaching in our homeschool coop, and my teaching repertoire has expanded to math, history, English, art, and science classes for all ages, you name a topic, and I have probably taught a course in it over the years. For the last seven years, I have been teaching science summer camp classes to kids ages 7-16 and teaching science classes at our local community college. But, as you can probably tell, I love science!

In addition to my passion for all things science, I am an animal lover. I live on a horse farm with my four horses, two dogs, four cats, lots of fish, snails, and our tortoise, Tessa! My other passions include reading, cooking, scrapbooking, watching musicals, and collecting plastic ducks. I love traveling and visiting new places, where I always try to visit a science museum! I am a very hands-on interactive type of learner and teacher. I think students learn science best when they are doing science. So my classes are fun and filled with lots of layers of learning. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you as we learn together!

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