Lamar Academic Decathlon


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Academic Decathlon always studies ten categories:

Math, Science, Economics, Social Science (history), Language & Literature, Art, Music, Essay, Speech, and Interview


At competition, nine of the ten categories are timed.  Interview is not timed.


You will take a multiple choice test in the first seven categories listed.

For the essay, you will be given a choice of three prompts.  You must choose one and write a well-developed essay.  The prompts may come from Science, Economics, Social Science, Art, Music, or Language & Literature.

In the speech competition, you will deliver a 4 minute, prepared speech and then immediately deliver a 2 minute impromptu speech.

Each category is worth 1000 points.

What do we do in class?    

We will spend our class time studying the resource guides, writing essays, and writing/practicing our speeches.  We may spend some time studying together and some time studying silently.  In November, we will go to the PDC and see who is serious and who is fooling around.

The Academic Decathlon Team has nine members:

            3 Honors (A Average*)

            3 Scholastic (B Average*)

            3 Varsity (C Average*)

Your grade in Ac Dec will be based upon assignments completed, practice quizzes, and extra study time.

Sapere Aude


2016-2017 Topic: WWII

Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

 SCIENCE:  Science topic will be an introduction to atomic and nuclear physics and will include a section on the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb. 

 LITERATURE:  The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the novel Transit by Anna Seghers.

 ART:  The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on the art of the World War II era.

 MUSIC:  The music curriculum will include basic elements of music theory and will focus on the music of the World War II era. 

 SOCIAL SCIENCE:  The social science curriculum will cover World War II.

 ECONOMICS:  The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on the economic origins and impact of World War II.

 MATHEMATICS:  The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.