LEVEL 1

Grades 1-2

This class will focus on developing oral communication skills of discussion, listening, and speaking. Students will develop confidence in class discussions and learn to make relevant and timely contributions designed to move the conversation “forward.” Students will practice listening and note-taking in a variety of contexts. Student will develop their ability to research and review supporting material. 

LEVEL 2

Grades 3-4

At the elementary level, students will practice with weekly impromptu speeches, create, rehearse, present, and evaluate informative speeches. Students will learn to incorporate visual support for their oral arguments. Select speeches will be recorded so students can practice self-evaluation.

LEVEL 3

Grades 5-6

This class will focus on developing oral communication skills of discussion, listening, and speaking. Students will develop confidence, be introduced to audience analysis, research for speaking, note-taking, and adapting messages to fit the purpose, context, and audience for their speeches. In class discussions and learn to make relevant and timely contributions designed to move the conversation “forward” with clearer logic. Students will practice listening and note-taking in a variety of contexts. Student will develop their ability to research and review supporting material. 

LEVEL 4

Grades 7-8

Students will be encouraged to explore topics of interest to them. At the Middle School level, students will practice skills through regular impromptu speeches, and create, rehearse, present, and evaluate both informative and persuasive speeches on topics of their choosing. Students will learn to create and incorporate appropriate visual support for their oral arguments. Select speeches will be recorded providing students the opportunity for self-evaluation. 

LEVEL 5

Grades 9-10

This class parallels a beginning college course on Public Speaking. Students will develop their oral communication skills of discussion, listening, and speaking. Students will develop confidence, be introduced to audience analysis, research for speaking, note-taking, and adapting messages to fit the purpose, context, and audience for their speeches. Through class discussions on current events issues, students will learn to make relevant and timely contributions designed to move the conversation “forward” with much more clearer logic.

LEVEL 6

Grades 11-12

Students will practice listening and note-taking in a variety of contexts. Student will develop “speed research” strategies – a skill relevant not only for developing speeches, but high school and college prep writing as well. Students will research and present topics of their choice. 

Students will practice skills through regular impromptu speeches, and create, rehearse, present, and evaluate informative, persuasive, and policy speeches on topics of their choosing. Students will learn to create and incorporate appropriate visual support for their oral arguments. Select speeches will be recorded providing students the opportunity for self-evaluation.