Speech: Syllabus

Speech Syllabus

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%
Assignments/Participation/Quizzes  20%

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.

Models and Definitions of Communication
Conversation vs. Public Speaking
Listening Skills
Verbal & Nonverbal Communication
Audience Role

Speech Writing / Effective Organization
Introductions / Conclusions/Transitions
Effective Delivery Skills (Verbal & Nonverbal) Including Research

Group Roles Group Problem Solving

Persuasive VS Informative
Elements / Appeals of Persuasion
Credibility Analyze
Mass Media/Advertising

Increasing Confidence
Properly Using Manuscripts

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.

Late Work Policy – this is the Policy for ALL English and World Language courses  
Late work policy regarding daily assignments:
Teachers will not accept late work.  (Students should see their student handbook for the specific make-up work policy for students with excused absences.) 
However, each student will receive one “late work acceptance” coupon per quarter that he/she may use to submit one late daily assignment for full credit.  (Note:  The student will submit the assignment no more than one day after the original due date, and he/she may not use the coupon for projects or review assignments.)
Late work policy regarding major projects, long-term assignments, papers , etc.:
Major, long-term (more than two days) projects and papers, for which students receive ample time to complete, must be turned in on time. Students will not be allowed to turn in major assignments after the due date. 
Because teachers provide class time for many major assignments, teachers will not accept excuses for incomplete or late work due to home computer problems or jump/flash drive problems.  The only acceptable “computer problem” excuse is a server failure at school. 
Many students choose to work on their assignments at home as well as in school.  Students working at home should save their work to a jump/flash drive (in addition to saving it to their computer hard drive) so that (a) they have a back up file of the assignment in case something happens to their home computer, (b) they can access their file at school in order to work on it during class lab days, and (c) they can save their file in their school student folder in case they experience technical problems with their home computer.  

Any student claiming to have completed an assignment at home MUST provide evidence of the completed assignment to the teacher before he/she will be allowed to use class time for any purpose other than to complete the current assignment. Evidence can include an accessible, saved file or a hard copy.
Classroom Rules 
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. Following rules, which require you to be more aware of your behavior, are more than classroom expectations. You will find that most workplace environments and other settings require people to abide by certain rules of respect. There will be NO TOLERANCE for harassment or disruption to learning. It is essential that ALL students feel physically safe in class as well as safe to participate in all activities without fear of intimidation or ridicule. In addition it is every student’s right to learn in a non-disruptive environment. Please take the opportunity to learn this year and to allow others around you to have the same opportunity without interference. 

Being in class on time and ready to learn is essential. When students arrive tardy to class without a pass from a teacher or the office, it will be marked in the attendance program. The following consequences will be on a per quarter basis.
1st & 2nd instance of arriving tardy – Warning
3rd and beyond 
instance of arriving tardy – Office Referral will be sent to the administrator 
Cell phones are to be SILENCED and STORED or in the classroom phone caddy unless otherwise instructed. Students will be given one warning if a phone sounds during class or is not properly stored during class time. After the first warning, device will be given to the office and be subject to the policy in the WHS Student Handbook. 


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