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LAS401S: Speech S (2013-2014)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English Language Arts
COURSE TITLE: Speech S
CALENDAR YEAR: 2013-2014
GRADE LEVEL: 9-12
CODE: LAS401S
TYPE: REG
CREDITS: 1.00
COURSE LENGTH: 18 weeks

Major Concepts/Content: The speech course is designed to Prepare students to create speeches that reflect careful thought in planning, organization, and delivery. The content includes, but is not limited to, identifying the purpose and audience for the speech; selecting the general topic and refining to a specific topic; making a statement of the thesis; selecting appropriate resources and information; outlining; creating a bibliography; selecting main points and supporting information; preparing the appropriate visual aids; modifying information for a particular audience; writing introductions and conclusions; using appropriate delivery techniques; evaluating delivery, content, and pattern of organization using specified guidelines; delivering oral or written critiques; and evaluating a speech according to established criteria. When the school elects to offer the course for 36 weeks, the second semester will focus primarily on debate. Content includes, but is not limited to, learning to appreciate the value of debating and the skills needed for it; using proper debating technique, including three types of formal debate -Lincoln-Douglas, formal college debating, and formal debating with cross-examination; writing and delivering constructive speeches, rebuttals, and cross-examinations; and researching a topic thoroughly.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will be provided in a general classroom setting or in a theatre or auditorium when available. Student activities will include, but will not be limited to, reading, viewing, and listening extensively to find the purpose for a speech or debate; researching to Identify the intended audience; practicing the development of an argumentative thesis statement; applying research skills to gain ideas and collect supporting information on the topic; creating a bibliography; drafting and finalizing the speech; delivering the speech, evaluating the student’s own speech and classmates’ speeches and debates; critiquing speeches and debates orally or in writing; using AV media in critiquing speeches; and making suggestions for improvement of others’ speeches and debates. Student activities may also include participation in dramatic and/or humorous interpretation, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, and storytelling.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Students will be evaluated primarily through the appraisal of their researching, composing, and delivering of speeches and debates. Students are also evaluated on participation in class activities and discussions and on reliability and depend-ability of participation in speech events, class activities, and speech performances.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the speech course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize the various ways of organizing and verbalizing logical thought processes.
  • Participate in many kinds of speech presentations.
  • Participate in critiques that focus on distinct, effective, and correct speech.

Course Notes: Speech or Journalism is required or recommended. Only one of the two is required not both.