Whitewater High School
Teacher: Kate McNulty M. Ed.
Course Description: This one semester required communications course covers the following units: intrapersonal communication, nonverbal & group communication, public speaking (including demonstration speeches, informative speeches and persuasive speeches) mass media (including a mass media presentation focusing on news and advertising)
Classroom Materials Required: Pencils / pens (blue / black) Folder / Paper Note cards (You will need to use note cards when presenting speeches; I advise that you bring two packs in and leave them in the classroom for preparation. Mrs. McNulty will NOT provide note cards.)
Assessment: Presentations / Speeches 80%
Student Evaluation: Students will be graded as follows:
Class Participation, Group Projects, Group Discussions, Listening Skills, Audience Skills, Peer Evaluations, Self Evaluations, Public Speaking Presentations.
There are 9 speaking presentation assignments plus the final exam. (Introductory / Object / Informative /Group Presentation / Special Occasion / Persuasive / Impromptu/ / Demonstration / Portfolio)
*All presentations are required in order to earn a passing grade for the semester.
Grading Scale 92 A 89 AB 82 B 79 BC 72 C 69 CD 60 D Below 60 = F
Semester Grades: 1 st / 3rd Quarter – 45 % 2nd / 4th Quarter – 45 % Semester Exam – 10 %
Course Outline: (*subject to minor changes)
**Students are required to present ALL speeches in order to earn credit in the course.
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION
Models and Definitions of Communication
Conversation vs. Public Speaking
Verbal & Nonverbal Communication
**PERSONAL QUOTE SPEECH
SPEAKING TO INFORM
Speech Writing / Effective Organization
Introductions / Conclusions/Transitions
**PERSONAL OBJECT SPEECH
Effective Delivery Skills (Verbal & Nonverbal) Including Research
**DEMONSTRATION / PROCESS SPEECH
Group Roles Group Problem Solving
SPEAKING TO PERSUADE
Persuasive VS Informative
Elements / Appeals of Persuasion
** CURRENT EVENTS SPEECH
**POSITIVE CHANGE / PERSUASIVE SPEECH
SPECIAL OCCASION SPEAKING
Properly Using Manuscripts
**INTRODUCING A SPEAKER
**PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION FINAL EXAM
**SPECIAL OCCASION SPEECH
Notes to Succeed in Speech Class
Respecting each other in the classroom setting is extremely important and beneficial to all. It is important that each of you be responsible for your own behavior and aware of how that behavior can affect the entire class. Because of the nature of Speech class, students need to feel comfortable and safe when presenting speeches. Feeling comfortable in the classroom with peers will allow students to practice skills needed for speaking in public. Students are expected to show respect to their peers, the teacher, themselves, and the classroom. There will be NO TOLERANCE for harassment or disruption to learning. Any student who uses inappropriate language or purposefully causes physical or emotional harm to another student will be removed from the classroom and will not be permitted to return until he/she meets with the teacher to resolve the situation. Most workplace environments and other settings require people to abide by certain rules of respect.
SHOW RESPECT to each other and our classroom with the following behavior:
Remove caps / hats before entering classroom and keep them put away for the entire time students are in the classroom.
Have a positive attitude and a willingness to work in class.
Greet each other appropriately. / Call students and teachers by proper names.
Have materials every day.
Use appropriate language. Refrain from speaking poorly and using language in a negative manner.
Refrain from eating food or candy, chewing gum, and drinking soda, energy drinks, sport drinks, coffee or tea. *Water in clear bottle is permitted.
Be Nice! A positive and supportive environment is essential for successful communication..
Speak and you will be heard! Speeches/Presentations take the place of traditional tests. Students are required to be present and prepared to present speeches on the assigned day. If you know in advance that you will be absent for a legitimate reason on the assigned day of a speech, you need to communicate with the teacher so arrangements can be made in the schedule. Such rearranging of the schedule may result in an earlier speaking day. Any student who is prepared on the day he/she is scheduled to speak, and who meets all of the assignment requirements but earns a C or lower on the presentation will be allowed to re-present in front of the class for an improved grade. A student should request to do so within one week of the final speaking day.
REMINDER: ALL SPEECHES are required to be presented in order to successfully pass this class. Any student not prepared on his/her assigned speaking day will be put at the end of the lineup. The highest grade the student will receive for a late presentation is a 61%. If time does not allow for a student to present during the class period at the end of the speaking round, the student will have one week from the final speaking date to present to an audience of at least 6 people that he/she provides.
BE PREPARED! Read all requirements. Complete all assignments to meet the requirements. Give Credit where Credit is due: Don’t Plagiarize: Any student suspected of plagiarizing will NOT be awarded credit for portions of a given assignment. You must always cite sources accurately when presenting material to the class. If you write or state anything you learned from another source, even when put in your own words, you must state from where that information came.
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