Through out the semester students in first - third grades learn techniques to deliver presentations such as reports, journal prompts, power points, science fair projects and more. In groups they present seasonal poems and interpretive stories.

Students in fourth - eighth grades are evaluated using a Speech Rubric in various styles of speaking.  Students deliver and write several types of speeches throughout the semester course. They apply their skills in all their classes. Middle School students participate in a formal Debate every other year. They apply writing, research and public speaking skills practiced in the Speech class.  

Creative Expression 

Students write and perform their own 3-8minute piece of original writing.

Drama, Poetry, and Prose Interpretation 
In these three categories, students choose a serious piece of literature and perform an 3-8 minute interpretation of it.

Humorous Interpretation
In this category, students choose a humorous piece of literature and perform an 3-8 minute interpretation of it. The selection may be taken from prose, poetry, or a play, as long as the mood is essentially humorous..

Duo Interpretation
This category pairs two students together to perform an interpretation of prose, drama, or poetry. The mood may be serious, humorous, or both; students are not limited in the number of characters they may perform in the 3-8-minute time period.

Extemporaneous Reading
Students read aloud various 3-6-minute selections from a book of either poetry or short stories (your choice), interpreting the reading in such a way as to add meaning and interest.

Storytelling
Students retell selected children's stories in their own words, interpreting and performing various characters during the 3-6-minute retelling. Students are given a list of stories at the start of the year.  

Original Oratory 
Students in this category research a topic of their choosing, and then write their own 3-8-minute speech on that topic. The intent of the speech is to persuade, and while the speech may contain elements of humor, the mood is essentially serious.


Informative 
Students research a topic of their choosing, and then write their own 3-8 minute speech on that topic. The intent of the speech is to inform, and most speeches are supported by a series of visual aids.

Great Speeches
Students choose a speech that was delivered by someone else, and analyze why the speech is considered to be "great". The 3-8 minute performance will include portions of the original great speech interspersed with the student's research and analysis of the speech.

Extemporaneous Speaking
Students build research files on current events, and then deliver 7-minute speeches based on questions related to national or international politics (your choice). Students will draw questions of national or international interest, and will then have 30 minutes to formulate their response using the research files they have created.

Discussion 

Students build research files about a pre-selected topic and then participate in round-table discussions of related sub-topics with 5-7 other students. Students are given an outline of topics and sub-topics at the start of the year. 


 




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