In Public Speaking 7, students will…

…learn the basics of verbal and non-verbal communication.

…practice informational, persuasive, and argumentative writing.

…practice engaged listening.

…apply logic—deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning.

…build and project confidence.

…identify and discuss logical fallacies.

…collaborate within diverse student groupings.

…participate in impromptu speeches and debates.

…discuss, write, rehearse, and deliver high quality presentations.

…design and display meaningful visual aids.

Public Speaking 7 Common Core Standards

Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas


Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.


Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

Language: Knowledge of Language


Choose words and phrases for effect.


Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.


Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.


Maintain consistency in style and tone.


Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.

Public Speaking 7 required activities will include…

…practicing quality classroom decorum.

…The Introduction with Artifact Speech—1-2 minutes.

…taking detailed accurate notes.

…The Literary Recitation Speech—2-3 minutes.

…taking quizzes and tests of various types.

…The Advertisement Analysis Speech—2-3 minutes.

…collaborating in respectful productive group discussions.

…The Argument Speech—3-4 minutes.

Grading Details

Although a majority of your grade (well over half) will be determined by the four heavily weighted speeches you will perform over the course of the term, daily participation during practice assignments and group collaboration will be graded at teacher discretion and should be viewed as essential to the process of preparing and presenting the formal speeches that make up a bulk of your grades.  If you don’t do the practice and collaboration—your speech grades will suffer as a result.






Presentation Days

You will not be allowed to schedule your own presentation days.  Speeches will be presented over the last three or four days of each unit and you must be prepared to speak on any of those days.  The teacher will let you know which days are presentation days as we approach the end of each unit.  Due to high student anxiety and the resulting planned absences (cutting class), you will never know on which presentation day you are expected to present—again, you will be  required to be prepared to speak on all presentation days.  

Absences and Late Presentations

If you are absent on a presentation day, you must see the teacher the morning of your return to reschedule your speech. If you do not reschedule by the end of the speech cycle or the day after your return from your absence, you may only reschedule your speech to happen during finals week for only 75% of the original available points.  

If you are not prepared to speak on the day you are called to present, you may present on the following day for 90% percent of the available points.  If you miss this opportunity, you will present during finals week for 75% of the original available points.

Student Expectations:  Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible


Attend class daily—the activities we do in this class are impossible to duplicate at home, so they often can’t be made up.  Only miss time in the case of a true emergency.

Always be on time—it is both respectful and responsible.


Always bring a pencil, lined paper, and a binder to class.  Classes do not have time for your irresponsibility.

Classroom Decorum:

Maintain good posture and engaged listening.

Participate to the best of your abilities during all assignments and activities.  No laziness or negativity.


Student Collaboration:

Be supportive audience members for your class mates.

Treat all people (students, teachers, and citizens) with respect at all times.


I have a zero tolerance policy for disrespectful behavior during speeches—any behavior that in my opinion disrespects a speaker will result in an immediate trip to the office and a parent phone call.  

Think critically—judge ideas, not people.

Computer Usage:

No food or drinks in the computer lab or when we are using chrome books.  Violators will lose computer access for a duration determined by the teacher.  Use school computers only as directed by the teacher.   Unauthorized computer activities will result in a loss of computer privileges for a duration determined by the teacher.