• Course Description:  

    Speech is an elective course that will provide students with the basic skills needed in a variety public and daily interaction within society. Students will learn the essentials parts of speech. Students at the end of the course will have developed an understanding of both delivery and proper skills in evaluating public speaking. 


    Course Objectives:  

    Upon the completion of this course students will be able to understand and apply the following core concepts 

     - Develop the basic fundamentals of speech and non-verbal communication  

    - Understand core group dynamics and communication  

    - View a variety of communication in a professional setting  

    - Understand fundamental speech skills 

    - Develop good listening and skills of a focused audience  

    -Create a sense of confidence in the delivery of both themselves and the topic in which they are presenting  

    -Learn to listen with an open mind and evaluate the delivery and not just the message  

    -Proper technique in developing an opinion and delivery of that through the proper technique  

    -Development of the speech through discussion and proper research  

    -Working within a small group setting to solve problems  


    Required Class Materials:  

    Textbook - Glencoe Speech ( 

    Notebooks – I prefer a composition notebook 

    Writing Utensils – you will need a pencil, highlighters, a black or blue pen, and a red pen 

    Assigned required readings and or sources/text - this will be provided to you as they are assigned in class 


    Course Outline: (Subject to change due to time constraints, class size, and individual preference)  

    Unit 1: 

    The core concepts in Public Speaking (The Basics)  

    Application of core concepts in the proper Speech 

    Group Presentation  


    Unit 2: 

    Research and Development of a speech 

    Grading and Evaluation of sample speeches/practicing Public Speaking  

    Create and Develop a demonstrative speech, persuasive speech and an informative speech  


    Unit 3: 

    Proper Research Technique and Research Time for final speech  

    Start work on final speech 


    Unit 4: 

    Deliver Speeches for evaluation 

    Deliver Final Speech for grading  



    Major Assignments: Topics will be discussed in the classroom and assigned at the appropriate time. Students will be required to work on material outside classroom time, the major assignments, in order, are 

    -Self Introduction Speech: Students will deliver a basic speech upon themselves.  

    -Group Presentations: Students will be assigned a group of 2-3 members and given scenarios in which they must create a consensus opinion within the group  

    -Speech Evaluation Assignment: Students will be assigned the task of rating and summarizing a variety of in class and out of class examples of Public Speaking 

    -Research on the 3 core speeches: Students will begin to develop a demonstrative, persuasive and informative speech. 

    -Final Speech Research and Development: Students will be given choices on a final topic in which they must prepare and research a position. The student will develop this speech and will be given time in class to prepare portions and receive feedback. Students will also spend out of class time on this task.  

    -Final Speech: Preliminary Presentation of speeches for evaluation and critique  

    -Final Exam: Graded Final Speech and Test over material covered throughout the semester.  




    Each assignment will be entered into a category – it will either be homework, classwork, or tests/projects/presentations.  Each category will make up an overall percentage of a student's grade.  

    Homework – 10% 

    Classwork – 40% 

    Tests/projects/presentations - 50% 









  • There is a rubric we will be using when giving/listening to the majority of speeches in class.

     Certain speeches will have a different rubric and they will be shared with you in class.  

    Criteria and Weight 


    ( 0 – 60%) 


    (61 – 89%) 




    Structure and Organization – 60% 


    No formal introduction OR introduction has no clear thesis statement, no preview of topics to be discussed.  

    Includes two of the following; 

    Clever- attention getting introduction 


    Statement of thesis 


    State 3 or 4 main topics 

    Includes ALL 3 of the following; 

    Clever- attention getting introduction 


    Statement of thesis 


    State 3 or 4 main topics 


    Main Idea 

    Main ideas were not separated into logical progression 

    Main ideas were separated into logical progression 

    Ideas connected by transitions, logical through out  

    Supporting material 

    Important ideas were not supported or referenced with data 

    Important ideas and viewpoints are supported and/or referenced with data 

    Important ideas and viewpoints are supported and referenced with DETAILED data/text 


    No conclusion OR conclusion does not summarize presentation 

    Conclusion restates thesis statement and summarizes presentation 

    Conclusion summarizes three main ideas and has an ATTENTION grabber. 

    Length Required 




    Vocal Expression – 40 % 

    Rate and Volume of speech 

    Hard to hear or understand 

    Could be heard and understood 

    Enjoyable to hear, used expression and emphasis 

    Pitch, articulation, and pronunciation 

    Voice or tone distracted from purpose of presentation, excessive use of verbal filters 

    Tone was controversial (with purpose) OR was neutral (with purpose), speaker pronounced clearly and correctly 

    Speaker used voice to create emotional response in audience 






Behavior/attendance expectations

  • Absent/Late Work Policy: 

    Students have as many days as they are absent to complete missing work as long as their absence is excused. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up any missing work; I will not seek students out and tell them their missing work. 


    Classroom rules: 

    • Arrive on time
      • If you have three unexcused tardies we will call home to discuss why/ how to help get you to class on time
      • The 4th tardy, and each one after, results in a tardy referal, which is dealt with by the dean's office.
    • Raise your hand before speaking.
      • THINK
        • Is it True?
        • Is it Helpful
        • Is it Inspiring?
        • Is it Necessary?
        • Is it Kind?
    • Listen to others and participate in class discussions
    • Use the pencil sharpener during noninstructional time
    • Stay on task
    • Do your assignments
    • Bring materials and have them ready
    • Listen to directions


  • I will post our daily tasks/assignments/work here for students/family to view. 


    Week 3 Sept. 7-11


    Students are working on their demonstration speeches. How they will be graded is in the rubric.

    Demonstration speech rubric


    Students will start giving their speeches on the 10th. 



    Week 2 Aug. 31 - Sept 4

     Students have been working on their "introduction speeches" and will be giving them in class this week.


    Per 2  are introducing themselves

    Per 6 are introducing someone else in the class


    When the class finishes giving their speeches, students will start working on the next application of the core concepts - a demonstration speech. 


    This is a speech devoted to teaching the audience how to do a particular thing.


    It is a clear, step-by-step practical guide which intends to show people methods of using regular items.


    As a practice and to help see the value of clear and precise directions - students need to write step by step directions on how to make a PB and J sandwhich for THURSDAY the 3rd. If I can follow there directions and make a PB and J they will earn a pizza. 


    week 1 Aug. 24 - 28


    1. Review the Syllabus



    2. Read and take notes on The Seven Principls of effective public speaking 

    Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking


    3. Introduction Speech

    Intro speech for those who are in class


    Intro speech for those who are home


    Example 1 of intro speech


    Example 2 of intro speech


    Example 3 of intro speech