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50 Hours Public Speaking and Communication Fundamentals Course

This 50 hour Public Speaking course is designed to maximize student instruction and practice in the art of public speaking and persuasion.

The course is available for students in the elementary, middle, and high school grades. The curriculum and precise course pacing will be adapted to the individual students needs and abilities. Younger students tend to need more repetition of basic concepts and older students are generally able to cover more skills and content.

The course is generally taught one hour per session, but the classes can be combined in 1.5 or 2 hour sessions to reduce the total number of sessions.

Class 1

Topic: Fundamentals of persuasion and communication
Materials: PPT and short essay
Exercise: Speech of self-introduction
Homework: Expand self-introduction speech

Class 2

Topic: Persuasive techniques, ethos emphasis, speech organization, hand gestures
Materials: PPT and short essay
Exercise: Expanded speech self-introduction, ethos improvements
Homework: Practice speech with ethos improvements

Class 3

Topic: Information speech, how to organize
Materials: PPT and short essay
Exercise: Outline information-based speech using school uniforms topic
Homework: Write information-based speech

Class 4

Topic: Argument model — claim, warrant, impact
Materials: PPT and short essay
Exercise: Identify CWI in materials provided
Homework: Find more claims, warrants, impacts in materials provided

Class 5

Topic: Evidence, types of evidence, quality of evidence
Materials: PPT and short essay
Exercise: Students will identify evidence they can use in speeches based on what is provided by the instructor
Homework: Integrate evidence into the speech

Class 6

Topic: Researching evidence
Materials: PPT, short essay, Google and other web search techniques
Exercise: Find evidence
Homework: Add new evidence to the speech

Class 7

Topic:  Logos, it’s more than evidence
Materials: PPT & short essay
Exercise: Using logical fallacies to look for strengths and weaknesses in speeches
Homework: Analyze speech based on logical fallacies, review all materials

Class 8

Topic: Review
Materials: None
Exercise: Materials review, test
Homework: Write a new speech based on what we’ve learned

Class 9

Topic: Review
Materials: None
Exercise: Present new speech, speech evaluation, review
Homework: None

Class 10

Topic:  Audiences and adaptation
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Adapting the speech to different audiences
Homework: Finish adapting the speech to different audiences, turn it into two speeches

Class 11

Topic: Speaking in different environments, contexts
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Present the two different speeches, adapting the speeches to different environments
Homework: Finish adapting the speech to different environments, turn 2 speeches into 4

Class 12

Topic: Similarities and differences between public speaking and other forms of communication
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Present the two new speeches
Homework: None

Class 13

Topic: Ethical public speaking
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Discussion of ethical and unethical practices
Homework: Discuss public speaking ethics with peers

Class 14

Topic: Listening
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Listening exercises
Homework: Try listening exercises with peers and report back

Class 15

Topic: Choosing your own topic
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise:: Topic option dicusses
Homework: Choose a topic, explain why, find resources

Class 16

Topic: Work with student(s) on their own topics
Materials: TBD based on need
Exercise: Work with students on their own topics
Homework: Finish speeches created with student(s)’ own topic(s).

Class 17

Topic: Presentations
Materials: None
Exercise: Student(s) present and revise speech(es)
Homework: None

Class 18

Topic: Research — The focus of this is to improve the quality and quantity of student research
Materials: PPT, long essay
Exercise: Work on a longer speech using advanced techniques
Homework: Finish longer speech

Class 19

Topic: Long speech presentations
Materials: None
Exercise: Long speech presentations and feedback
Homework: Study

Class 20

Topic: Test
Materials: Test
Exercise: Test
Homework: None

Class 21

Topic: Speaking with Power Point
Materials: PPT
Exercise: Preparing a speech with Power Point (or Keynote)
Homework: Finish PPT speech

Class 22

Topic: PPT presentations
Materials: Student PPT(s)
Exercise: PPT presentations, feedback, revisions
Homework: None

Class 23

Topic: Other visual aids
Materials: Essay, PPT
Exercise: Preparing a speech with other visual aids
Homework: Finish visual aids

Class 24

Topic: Visual aids presentations
Materials: Student visual aid speeches
Exercise: Visual aid presentations, feedback, revisions
Homework:  Read short essay on entertaining speeches

Class 25

Topic: Half-way mark, entertaining speeches
Materials: Short essay, PPT
Exercise: Work on entertaining speeches
Homework: Revise entertaining speeches

Class 26

Topic: Entertaining presentations
Materials: Student entertaining speeches
Exercise: entertaining speech, feedback, revisions
Homework:  Read short essay on quality improvents

Class 27

Topic: Quality improvements — word economy, crystalization, articulation, other
Materials:  Short essay, PPT
Exercise: Strengthen existing speech using quality improvements
Homework: Strengthen existing speech using quality improvements

Class 28

Topic: Quality Improvements II
Materials: Improved student speeches
Exercise: Students will present improved speeches and feedback will be provided
Homework: Study for Test

Class 29

Topic: Cumulative test
Materials:
Exercise:
Homework: None

Class 30

Topic: Review and moving on
Materials:
Exercise: Review test results, student progress, establish goals for the remaining 20 hours of class
Homework: Read essay on impromptu speeches

Class 31

Topic:   Impromptu speeches
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Students will do impromptu speeches
Homework: Practice 3 impromptu speeches

Class 32

Topic: Impromptu speeches,
Materials: None
Exercise: Students will do more impromptu speeches
Homework: Read essay on listening

Class 33

Topic: Listening and note taking
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Students will practice listening and note taking
Homework: Students will talk to others and note what others seem to pay attention to and remember

Class 34

Topic:  Language choice
Materials: PPT
Exercise: Student homework reports, speech changes with new language
Homework: Finishing editing speeches to use new language choices

Class 35

Topic: Language choice
Materials: Student speeches
Exercise: Discuss significance of language changes
Homework: Read essay on special occasion speeches

Class 36

Topic: Special occasion speeches
Materials: PPT, short essay
Exercise: Develop special occasion speeches
Homework: Finish special occasion speech

Class 37

Topic:  Special occasion speeches, small group speeches
Materials: PPT on small group
Exercise: Work on small group speech
Homework: Small group speech

Class 38

Topic:  Small group, review
Materials: Student small group speeches
Exercise: Students will work on small group speeches and receive feedback
Homework: None

Class 39

Topic: Review. Instructor will review progress to date and work with students to improve on areas of weakness across course content
Materials:
Exercise:
Homework:

Class 40

Topic: Review. Instructor will review progress to date and work with students to improve on areas of weakness across course content
Materials:
Exercise:
Homework: Study for test

Class 41

Topic: Test
Materials:
Exercise: Review of student test
Homework:

Class 42

Topic: Speech analysis
Materials: 5 speeches
Exercise: Students will review 5 speeches for strengths and weaknesses
Homework: Finish speech review

Class 43

Topic: Speech review
Materials:
Exercise: Students will present speeches reviewing speeches
Homework:

Class 44

Topic: Understanding statistics or more speech practice
Materials: PPT
Exercise:  Reviewing evidence with statistics for strengths and weaknesses
Homework: Read essay on logical fallacies

Class 45

Topic: Logical fallacies
Materials: PPT, essay
Exercise: Work through examples to find logical fallacies
Homework: Logical fallacies review

Class 46

Topic: Logical fallacies
Materials:
Exercise: Students will present speeches identifying logical fallacies based on their homework
Homework: None

Class 47

Topic: Impromptu speeches
Materials:
Exercise: More impromptu speeches that will be judged on all of the material taught in the course
Homework: Start preparing for test

Class 48

Topic: Impromptu speeches
Materials:
Exercise: More impromptu speeches that will be judged on all of the material taught in the course
Homework: Prepare for test

Class 49

Topic: Final test
Materials:
Exercise:
Homework: Final speech assignment

Class 50

Topic: Final
Materials:
Exercise: Review test results, final speech assignment, get student feedback
Homework: