In this semester course, students
will: discuss what makes a speaker effective, practice many types of speaking
activities, and listen to, watch, and read major speeches. Students will engage
in various activities to build confidence and experience in speaking to groups.
Beyond speaking to fellow classmates, activities may include speaking to various
groups at PHS and within the community. Students will be required to develop written
and visual materials that will support their presentations (Course
Osborne, Michael, Suzanne Osborne,
& Randall Osborne. Public Speaking:
Finding Your Voice.
New York: Pearson, 2011.
Others: TBD. Excerpts from other texts may be added
in order to provide
well-written speeches and to provide tips for developing and delivering
To learn what characterizes and
To learn what characterizes a
To learn how to write persuasive
and effective speeches
To learn how to use written,
visual, and digital tools to support speeches in an engaging and
To learn how to speak to audiences
of various sizes and make-ups for varying lengths of time
addition to the policies outlined in the school handbook, the following
policies are in place:
All students are expected to
attend class every day. Repeated,
unexcused absences will be followed up on with parents/guardians and
administration as outlined in the handbook. Absences also may hurt participation
All students are expected to be in
class and to be ready to work when the bell rings.
Consequences for tardiness are
aligned with the student handbook as follows:
More than one tardy will result
in a conference with the possibility of parent/guardian contact.
Additional tardies will result in
after-school detention as well as parent/guardian contact.
As per the student handbook,
students will be expected to get make-up work within two days of their
return from excused absences. Students
will have the same number of days to make up the work as they missed
All missed handouts will be
available for students in the bin in the back corner of the classroom.
Students may meet with me after
school or during a free period (if appropriate pass procedures are
followed) to get missed directions.
Students also can catch up on
instruction during their tutorial period.
Students may receive a tutorial pass from me before or after
class. I have study assistance
during second lunch as well as a study hall during G Block.
All students are expected to hand
in work according to the deadlines given in class.
Late submissions will lose points
from the responsibility portion of the assignment for each day that they
Late assignments will not be
accepted more than two weeks after the deadline. If those two weeks falls beyond the
span of the progress report/quarter grade deadline, an incomplete will be
If you know that something is
going to interfere with your ability to complete an assignment by the
prescribed deadline, contact me at least before the assignment is
due. Depending upon the
circumstances, we may be able to work out an appropriate extension. Extensions will be determined on a
case-by-case basis. Abuse of the
extension policy may result in disciplinary action.
Other circumstances will be dealt
with on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to the policies in the
handbook, the following behaviors are expected at all times:
Respectfulness—to your peers,
teachers, guests, and yourself, generally.
Keep feet, objects, and
derogatory/negative comments to yourself (including foul language).
Actively listen to what
others have to say. Only one
person should speak at a time.
No discrimination will
be tolerated in any form
Talk during appropriate
points during instruction.
Maintain a continuous
You are expected to keep
all handouts, notes, and completed work for future reference in this
class (INDCLUDING FOR THE FINAL).
Cell phones use—only to be used
when designated by the instructor.
will be tolerated that disrupt any student’s
ability to learn.
Consequences for breaking these
policies will be dealt with according to the policy book. For classroom-specific policies, the
following process generally will be followed:
Referral to office
If the displayed
behavior is serious enough, one or more of these steps may be skipped.
Repeated classroom disruptions
will result in a deduction from the daily participation grade and/or student-teacher
conferences. This includes cell
phone usage/excessive chatting.
Homework must be completed before
the start of class.
(As noted in the Student Handbook):
“The acts of cheating, plagiarism and forgery in
connection with academic endeavors or school processes or procedures are
detrimental to the education process. When it has been determined that a
student has engaged in any of the above-noted acts, a student discipline report
should be sent to the office. The
teacher should call the parent/guardian. A conference between the teacher and
student will follow. The first offense
will result in a conference. A disciplinary referral will be written up and the
parent called. A zero grade will be recorded for that assignment/project/test,
etc. A second offense will require a parent-teacher conference pending
disciplinary suspension and further offenses that will result in a withdrawal
from and failure of the course.”