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Course Title:  Speech Communications – LAS401  
 
Course Description:This class is designed to help students master a variety of speech and debate formats. Students will also be groomed – using National Forensic League standards (http://www.speechanddebate.org/ ) for various competitive speech events, i.e.   Harvard Model Congress (see the link on the home page.)
 
Textbooks, Materials, and other Resources:  
 
Adopted Text   Speech for Effective Communication: Verderber, Rudolph.  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers, 1988. 
 
Materials / Supplies:  Students should secure and maintain a three ring binder, loose leaf notebook paper, pens / pencils, 500 lined index cards and highlighters on a daily basis. Occasional art supplies, computer disks, and miscellaneous materials will be required for special projects and presentations throughout the year.
 
 
Course Philosophy and GoalsAll students can learn.  The class is an interactive learning community in which both student and instructor become deeply engaged in the speaking, reading, discussion, production, and analysis of speeches and prose from a variety of sources and time periods for the purpose of developing highly effective speech communication.  Because this is an introductory to intermediate course, students will read broadly from a variety of speeches and related material.  They will also exchange ideas and understandings with their peers, learn the critical skill of synthesizing information from their readings to produce a fresh perspective, and incorporate this skill in their speaking ability and writing. Their speaking, writing and reading should make students aware of the social interactions among language communicators’ and audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way “generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in speaking and writing.”  Risk taking and questioning are encouraged.
 
 
Goals:  Students will: Actively participate in group discussions and critique prose styles selected from a range of disciplines and rhetorical contexts of oral presentation, speeches and related written materials during various time periods. Apply effective speaking, reading and writing process to interpret, experience, evaluate, and emulate examples of high quality speeches and writing leading to the development of “stylistic maturity.” Students will write and deliver in oral presentations, speeches from expository, analytical, and argumentative assignments and manipulate speeches, compositions to account for varying audiences, contexts, and goals. Use oral language effectively and cogently in both the personal and academic realms. Critically examine the contextual relationship among speech techniques, graphics and visual images to text and as stand-alone messages. Assess and incorporate primary and secondary sources into speech presentations, research projects and cite all sources appropriately.
 
Grading Policy/Scale:
Daily grades count 50% / Test (formal speeches, etc...) grades count 50% and all grading practices will adhere to school requirements. Generally, class work / homework, tests, projects, presentations, etc… will be based on accuracy / quality, completeness, and neatness. Specific work normally will have a rubric for determining scores / grades as necessary. Grading specific work, including but not limited to class work, homework, tests, and projects, will take into account student level of skill attainment / development with an expectation for reasonable skill development progress for a student at the appropriate grade level. Students will be evaluated on skill growth in the comprehending and creating of written and spoken English. Evaluation instruments include both summative and formative assessments such as: interdisciplinary activities, projects, diagnostic testing, content-based tests, and both teacher- and textbook-created assessments.
 
 
Homework: The majority of homework assignments coincide with unfinished classwork or work that the student has missed for various reasons. Homework is primarily a reinforcement and practice of skills and knowledge presented in a prior class. Homework should be complete, accurate, neat and timely.
 
 
Assessments:
TEST / SPEECHES: Worksheets / Homework / Classwork/ Oral presentations
Reading / Writing Assignments ( emphasizing various stages of the writing process)
Subjective Interpretation of literature via visual products
Critical Reading Assignments / Critical Reading Logs and Notations
Projects- Group & Individual / Flashcards / Presentations and Performances
 
 
 
GradeSpeed:Click on the Parent Portal icon on the school’s webpage.
 
 
Late Work: I do accept late work but reserve the right to assess a 10% penalty for each day an assignment is late.  But, please know, that all work must be completed, regardless of how long it takes.  Make-up Work: School policy applies.  You should remember that making up missed assignments is always your responsibility.  If you know in advance that you will be absent, you should ask for assignments ahead of time and have them completed when you return to class.
 
Tutorial / Extra Help /Supporting Services:  The school Information Service Center provides ample resources, material, and professional assistance for students to engage in course activities before, during, and after normal school hours.  Students are encouraged to utilize this center for additional help and support.  Any other additional help should be requested in person to me.  I will always do whatever is possible to assist you. 
 
 
Study Aides available on-line or at school:
Though not required, you will find these works useful to have at home and at school:
·         A college-level dictionary
·         The Synonym Finder, J. I. Rodale (or another thesaurus)
·         The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
·         The M.L.A. Handbook
 
 
Classroom Management:  Behavioral Expectations -The students will actively and effectively participant in all classroom endeavors, independently and within group settings; will complete all class work / lab. work / homework / projects, / reading & writing assignments, etc… as instructed; will secure and maintain all supplies and materials as needed to meet the learning objectives.  Students should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the best of schools:  careful listening, mutual respect, and extreme courtesy are essential in maintaining a class where all members feel comfortable participating.  Guidelines:
·         Be on time.
·         Be prepared.
·         Be quiet.
·         Be seated.
·         Be respectful of yourself, others, and property.
 
Infractions of school and class room rules of appropriate behavior will be handled in the following manner:  First infraction - Student / Teacher conference; Second infraction - Student / Teacher conference with optional parental notification; Third infraction – Student / Teacher conference, parental notification, and optional office referral.  Additional infractions result in Student / Teacher / Parent conference and definite office referral.  Any and all infractions are accumulative within any given semester.
 
 
Course Content Outline/Concepts:  Classroom instructional strategies will involve a variety of approaches including, but not limited to, lecturing, guided reading and writing, teacher analysis / modeling, self & peer assessing for learning, research-oriented literacy-based projects, student / teacher conferencing, and multi-media presentations. Each quarter will include grammar practice, quotation study, collecting/responding, independent reading logs, etc....  Students will read a variety of related works:  poems, short stories, speeches, essays, letters, editorials, cartoons, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, etc.  Students will have a minimum of 10 grades each quarter. 
 
 
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First Semester
 
 
Focus:  The Communication Process, Interpersonal Relationships, Public Speaking
 
First Quarter
            Foundations of Speech
            Sending Verbal Messages
            Sending Nonverbal Messages
            The Vocalization Process
             Listening Effectively
             Speaking Informally
           
Second Quarter
            Conversation
            The Interview
            Getting Ready
            Gathering Information
            Preparing Your Speech
            Using Appropriate Language
            Presenting Your Speech
 
 
Second Semester
 
 
 Focus:  Types of Speeches, Democratic Processes, Performing Arts
 
Third Quarter
            The Informative Speech
            The Speech Process
            The Persuasive Speech
            Group Discussion
            Debate
 
 
Fourth Quarter
            Parliamentary Procedure
            Oral Interpretation
            Theater
            Radio & Television
           
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             WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE
 
 
Week 1
                Classwork – Chapter 1 : Read pages 3 – 9
                Activities – Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  Chp 1 WS
                Homework – Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
Week 2
                Classwork – Chapter 1 : Read pages 10 – 23
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST / SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
Week 3
                Classwork – Chapter 2 : Read pages 25 – 30
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  Chp 2 WS
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
 
Week 4
                 Classwork – Chapter 2 : Read pages 32 – 41
 
                 Read "Funeral Speech of Pericles"    -  Click here!
 
                 Complete the worksheet on Pericles' oration. - Click here!
 
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
 
Week 5
                 Classwork – Chapter 3 : Read pages 43 – 63  Chp 3 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 6
                 Classwork – Chapter 4 : Read pages 65 – 87   Chp 4 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 7
                 Classwork – Chapter 5 : Read pages 89 – 111 Chp 5 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 8
                 Classwork – Chapter 6 : Read pages 115 – 125
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.   Chp 6 WS
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 9
                 Classwork – Chapter 6 : Read pages 125 – 135
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 10
                 Classwork – Chapter 7 : Read pages 137 – 157  Chp 7 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 11
                 Classwork – Chapter 8 : Read pages 159 – 166
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.    Chp 8 WS
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 12
                 Classwork – Chapter 8 : Read pages 166 – 179
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 13
                 Classwork – Chapter 9 : Read pages 183 – 207  Chp 9 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 14
                 Classwork – Chapter 10 : Read pages 209 – 235  Chp 10 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 15
                 Classwork – Chapter 11 : Read pages 237 – 261  Chp 11 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 16
                 Classwork – Chapter 12 : Read pages 263 – 287 Chp 12 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
Week 17
                 Classwork – Chapter 13 : Read pages 289 – 299    ESSAY CONTEST
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 18
                 Classwork – Chapter 13 : Read pages 299 – 317    Chp 13 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 19
                 Classwork – Chapter 14 : Read pages 321 – 353    Chp 14 WS
                 Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                 Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 20
                Classwork – Chapter 15 : Read pages 355 – 375  Chp 15 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 21
                Classwork – Chapter 16 : Read pages 377 – 391   ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 22
                Classwork – Chapter 16 : Read pages 392 – 407   Chp 16 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 23
                Classwork – Chapter 17 : Read pages 411 – 441    Chp 17 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 24
                Classwork – Chapter 18 : Read pages 443 – 463   Chp 18 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
                Power Point Presentation on Chp. 18
                Worksheet (Click Here!)       Debate Topic  (Click Here!)
 
Week 25
                Classwork – Chapter 18 : Read pages 466 – 477  ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
                DEBATE    !      DEBATE   !!       DEBATE     !!!
 
Week 26
                Classwork – Chapter 19 : Read pages 479 – 489   Chp 19 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 27
                Classwork – Chapter 19 : Read pages 489 – 507   ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 28
                Classwork – Chapter 20 : Read pages 511 – 524   Chp 20 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 29
                Classwork – Chapter 20 : Read pages 525 – 535   ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 30
                Classwork – Chapter 20 : Read pages 535 – 541   ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 31
                Classwork – Chapter 21 : Read pages 543 – 560   Chp 21 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 32
                Classwork – Chapter 21 : Read pages 561 – 575   ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
Week 33
                Classwork – Chapter 22 : Read pages 577 – 588   Chp 22 WS
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 34
                Classwork – Chapter 22 : Read pages 588 – 597  ESSAY CONTEST
                Activities - Take notes.  Complete worksheet.  TEST/ SPEECH
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 35
                Classwork – Special Projects
                Activities - Take notes.  Presentations. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
Week 36
                Classwork – Special Projects
                Activities - Take notes.  Presentations. 
                Homework - Complete the reading assignments and all classwork.
 
 
                                              
 
 
This syllabus meets is intended to provide students and parents with the basic information concerning this course; and is subject to modification throughout the year as students’ / teachers’ / campus activities, needs, and requirements dictate. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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