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      Communications/Public Speaking 9-12


      Course Description: This course is for the student who wishes to improve his/her ability to speak in front of small and large groups.  Emphasis will be placed on gaining confidence through learning about, organizing, and preparing various speeches.  Students will work on basic speech skills, development of voice, topic selection, speech preparation and organization, strategic and creative language use, effective listening and delivery skills, and common types of public speeches.  This course is aligned with the AZ English Language Arts Speaking & Listening Standards and supports district wide efforts in increasing student achievement.

      Course Objectives: By the time the student completes this course of study, the student will know or be able to:

      • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate
      • Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
      • Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
      Canvas continues as the main delivery of materials, with additional in-class discussion.  Assignments will be posted daily on Canvas - students may only work on that day's assignments and will not have homework - given that they are managing their time in our daily class period Monday - Friday.

      Refer to the Course Calendar below for topics, assignments, and due dates.

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      Arrive promptly at 3:00 pm at the Barry Goldwater High School campus.  We dismiss promptly at 5:45 pm.  Monday - Thursday beginning March 22.  This course is in-person only.

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      Arrive with a good attitude.  Ensure that your device is fully charged.  Be prepared to work on assignments without the distraction of your cellphone and participate!

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