Katie Klahman

Katie Klahman
Katie Klahman

I am happy to be back for my third year at KHS! I teach English 9 and coach the speech and debate team. I graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a degree in secondary education English and a minor in creative writing. I love writing poetry (and some short stories) whenever I have free time. In 2020, my poetry was published for the first time in a literary journal, and I hope to have more published soon! I believe students do best when they have support from their teachers and their parents/guardians, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

English Nine

The function of English Nine is to study the elements of English with a primary focus on reading, writing, and speaking. This year's unis will include short story writings for the purpose of literary analysis, narrative writing, researching how brands persuade their consumers, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. This course is also designed to lay the foundation of high school writing expectations, so it is a writing-heavy course.

Speech and Debate

In this course, we will learn the different structures and purposes of speeches including impromptu, persuasive, and informative. Students also learn different styles of debate including styles that feature group debate, team debate, and independent debate. Students will write their own speeches and perform them at competitions and to the class. We follow the IHSAA's speech and debate rules, and all students become members of the National Speech and Debate Association. Students are accepted through an application process that requires a 3.0 GPA at minimum. This is a co-curricular activity, so students are required to travel and compete in tournaments around the state. 

If you have any questions about how to join the class or what we do, please email me. For anyone wanting to know more information about how to debate or how to judge, use the following link to learn more about speech and debate in Idaho:  https://sites.google.com/boiseschools.org/idahodebatejudging/home?pli=1