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Title - Speech Syllabus
By – Alissa Luthe
Primary Subject - Language Arts
Grade Level - 9-12

Students will become comfortable speaking to the class.
Students will use appropriate nonverbal cues such as eye contact and gestures in their speeches.
Students will create a speech that informs.
The class will create a supportive environment for beginning public speakers.
(Grammar lessons are taught concurrently and are small and self-contained)

Impromptu speeches are small and unrehearsed. These are used for practice. (2-4 per week)
Speeches are prepared and scheduled. They will be given verbal feedback.

(W) 10/ 30 Personal speeches - Impromptu
Your speech should include information about you, your family, your hobbies, favorite music, future plans ect.

(Tu) 10 /6 My Classmate Introductory Speech - Impromptu
Student Introductory Speeches – meet with a the student sitting next to you and give a short impromptu introductory speech about your neighbor.

(Th) 10/8 Energizers and Nonverbal Communication
Relaxing “NRGISERS” are techniques that actors and speakers use to relax before performances and speeches.

We’ll also use the Lessac methods to help get your body ready and relaxed for public speaking.
Eye contact, body gestures and a smile make a major impact in public speaking.
A PowerPoint will be presented on the significance of a smile. Did you know there are cultural differences when it comes to smiling?

(M) 10/12 How Important are Nonverbal Cues?
We'll watch the German movie “Rennt Lola Rennt” make note of nonverbal communication and discuss the mood and messages revealed in the movie. (Subtitles are turned off during the first part of the film so you’ll have to watch carefully)

(W) 10/14 Who is Honest?
Play the game “Two Truths and a Lie.” Read your classmates nonverbal cues and guess when they are telling a lie? There are cues that are evident if a person is lying. We will explore the importance of honesty and how it is used in the courtroom when attorneys choose a jury and cross examine witnesses.

(F) 10/16 Get Emotional
We will use the “Mirroring Game” and “Strike a Pose.”
How do you express love, hate, fear and joy without saying a word?

(Tu) 10/20 Job Interviews
Dress For Success – Did you know that what you say in a job interview isn’t as important as how you dress and present yourself? We will watch a presentation on professional interviewing and then you’ll have a chance to practice the skills you learned.

Assignment due on Thursday 10/22/09 Bring in your favorite poem or song lyrics to read before the class. Make use of nonverbal communication in your presentation.

(Th )10/2 The Labon Method/Presentation Day
The Labon Acting Method is used by actors to de-stress before they go on stage. We will do it as a group activity before presenting our oral presentation of poems and song lyrics.
Presentation of poems and lyrics, be sure to include appropriate body gestures, eye contact, and read with emotion. Tell us why you selected the work and why it is important to you.

(M) 10/26 Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers
Did you know that alliteration and tongue twisters are used by profession announcers to improve articulation.
Your challenge is to master the tongue twisters in my PowerPoint and draw a tongue twister out of the box to present before the class.

Charades if time permits- use physical rather than verbal language to convey meaning.

(W) 10/28 Talkin Texan – Regional Accents and Dialects
Did you know Texoma was part of a national study conducted by Stanford University? The study was called “Talkin Country” and it was presented at a national linguistics conference. Even people in the north who live in the country talk differently than city folk.
How is your articulation? Take the online quiz at: Find out if you are a Yankee or a Rebel based on your dialect and accent. It’s not only how you pronounce words but also what words that you use which determines what part of the country you are from. Do you call your drink soda or pop? Do you say ya’ll or you[se] guys?

(F) 10/30 It’s Not What You Say But How You Say It
Tone and inflection are very important in public speaking. You will read and work on lowering your voice to find your natural register.

“What’s Different?" Can you guess what has changed in another player’s appearance? How good are you at noticing slight nonverbal communication cues?
Review of Labon Method and Mirroring
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

(Tu) 11/3 What do you want to be when you grow up?
We’ll go to the computer lab and use the Career Matchmaker in Career Cruising. By answering the questions in the career inventory the program will give you a list of careers that match your interests.
This is the first step in our research for an informative speech on the career of your choice.

Assignment: Due 11/5/09 Informative Career Speech
…see guide sheet below.
Explore all the links in Career Cruising and Wiki your chosen career.
Prepare a three to four minute speech and tell us about your career plans.

(Th) 11/5 First group of Career Speeches – Group Communication
Tell me What You Like About Me? Group communication project – Make a circle, throw a tennis ball across the room to another player as you say something positive about that person. This game makes you think fast, stay alert and react quickly to a changing situation while encouraging group support.

(M) 11/9 Second group presents Career Speeches

(W) 11/11 Finish Career Speeches and College Preparation
Now is the time to prepare for college. I’ll provide 4 year step by step college planning calendars and a flyer from College For All Texans. We’ll discuss what you can do in high school to prepare for college.

(F) 11/13 How much will you need to earn?
We’ll go to the computer lab and play the interactive Texas Workforce Solutions “Reality Check” game.
It will tell you how much money you will need to earn to support the lifestyle you choose. Then you can find careers that will pay the annual income you’ll need to pay for your lifestyle. Group discussion on careers will follow the game.
OUTLINE FOR CAREER INFORMATIVE SPEECH (Speech should be 3 to 4 minutes)
Purpose: To inform the audience about a career choice

Thesis: Today I will discuss some facts about (my career choice) Specifically, I will discuss the job duties, educational requirements, pay scale, ect. Organizational Pattern: Topical

I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter (bring a visual aid)
B. Credibility I am fascinated by this career field and have done research preparing for this speech.
C. Thesis Today I will discuss some interesting facts about (my career choice)

Transition First, I will discuss…

II. Body
A. Tell about the career
1. What type of work does it involve?
2. What are the working conditions?

B. Why are you interested in this career?
1. Do you know anyone who works in this field?
2. Have you interviewed anyone who does this type of work?

Transition Next, I will discuss…
1. Educational requirements...what do you need to do to prepare for this career field?
2. How many years in college or training?
3. What schools or colleges offer this program?
4. What is the job outlook in this field?
5. It is an in demand occupation?
6. What is the pay scale for this career field?

III. Conclusion In conclusion…I’ve decided I may pursue a career in this field because…

References Career Cruising: (
username: graysoncc
password: gocenter

Go to Career Cruising and complete the matchmaker assignment. See what careers the program recommends based on your interests.
Create a speech and be ready on your scheduled day.
A "no-show" without prior warning results in a zero for the project and a call home.

Negative attitude or the slightest creation of an uncomfortable environment for public speaking will result in a call home, a reduction in grade for your own speech, and an office referral.

Your speech may be extemporaneous (you may use a note card). Do not hide behind it!
30 - Presentation (we will work on these)
--eye contact
--open body language
--clear speaking voice

30 - Content
--topic choice
--central point (same as thesis statement)
--use of specifics

40 - Format
--speech is within our 3-6 limit time constraints
--content ties to one of the three types of speech
--content is audience-appropriate

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