This is not a typical speech class. While students will learn how to calm their fears, organize their thoughts and connect with an audience, they will also read and study nearly 40 speeches of great orators, critically watch portions of a few speeches, and ‘read aloud’ sections of great speeches. Students will learn to use some commonly used speech techniques from great communicators such as Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Patrick Henry and Billy Graham as well as Martin Luther, Sojourner Truth, Ben Franklin and many others. While students who compete in speech and debate tournaments will learn quite a bit from this class, it is even more beneficial for students who have never given a speech in public. In this class, students will write and deliver three speeches: a self-introduction, an informative speech about a hero, and a persuasive speech. Students must have the ability to record themselves delivering their speeches in front of at least four individuals; the recordings must be posted on WikiProject for the teacher and class to view. The informative speech or the persuasive speech must be delivered in front of an audience in the student’s community; it is up to the students and parents to decide where the speech is delivered before the last week of class. Finally, students will work in small groups to complete a Wiki project focusing on one great communicator.
From a parent: I can’t begin to express how thankful I am to both you and Mrs. Craig in teaching English. I did well in English in school, and even had a paper published in college (sample essay book). But for whatever reason, my ability to teach it just wasn’t there. By having you teach it, I am now able to coach and cheer, a role I am enjoying just as much. Thank you so much!
Thank you so so so so much for having us do this library visit! It has given me some wonderful tools to use in the future when I go to college!
I appreciate that so much! Thank you for helping me to achieve such success in English and writing. I have never had an English teacher who took me this far in my journey as a writer, and I cannot thank you enough for how much you have helped me grow. Sadly, I believe this is the first and last class I will have with you. I will still be taking online classes, but they will be in different subjects. However, what you have taught me will always be at the forefront of my mind whatever future English-related assignments come up. Again, thank you for an amazing year; it means so much to me!
Thank you more than words can say for encouraging Rachel (and me) to keep going with writing and for providing such great tools and resources to help along the way (I am hooked on Google Docs and even started working with Sheets, too). 🙂 It was awesome to see Rachel gain skills and confidence in her writing. Thank you!! Those two little words don’t seem nearly enough, but please know they are filled with a heart full of gratitude.
My English professor got me an internship with University Relations, so I’m staying in Oklahoma over the summer. I’m loving my job: I get to write content for the OKWU website (promoting majors with new content and career research, writing features articles), update their graphic design, and edit the president’s grammar. It’s totally right up my alley, and I’m using the inverted pyramid almost every day. (Who woulda thunk?) Just wanted to once again express my gratitude for your help in igniting this fire for language and writing and editing. 🙂
On a side note, as he has been doing the grammar exercises you’ve assigned in the SRN, I’ve noticed less punctuation errors in his papers. Very thankful for that and for your class in general. Luke enjoys it, and I’m seeing a lot of growth in his writing.
They have both benefited from your teaching more than you’ll ever know. I have seen an incredible amount of growth in both of them! – Mom of two teens in different BIP English classes
Listening to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” during Advent has been such a blessing. I had never read it! On my! What a beautiful book! Austin has enjoyed it too.
Thank you so much for class this semester Mrs. Anderson. I have learned so much about academic writing. I am so grateful for you.