Course Speech 0111
Faculty Name Mrs. Lehman
Term 1 Semester/Fall and Spring – 0.5 Credit
Meetings 5 Days per week
Faculty Contact Information
Phone 724-452-6040 ext. 140 (SHS)
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Information Room 202
General Course Information
English 9 and 10
& other restrictions
Speech is designed to offer students an opportunity to learn
about themselves and their role in most speaking situations.
Course Description from
Emphasis is placed on the dispelling of the fear which
Program of Studies
accompanies public speaking and the organization of material
in a logical and disciplined manner.
1.6 – Speaking and Listening, 1.8 – Research
Present a speech for a variety of audiences and situations,
overcome anxiety associated with public speaking and be an
Required Texts & Materials Speech Text
Suggested Texts, Readings, &
Student planner/calendar, note cards
Assignments & Academic Calendar
First Nine Weeks: Speaking from Experience
1. Self-Introduction Base-line assessment/creating the outline
2. Oral Reading Voice skills of volume, inflection, rate; breathing skills; eye contact
Content skills of topic selection and restriction, creative introduction,
3. Personal Experience
conclusion; delivery skills of posture, use of podium, use of notes
4. Persuasive Problem Content skills of supporting an opinion with example; sustaining a topic.
Speech Delivery skills of using voice, face and body to convey emotion
Review of above; eliminating stage-fright
Delivery skills using the body and voice effectively
5. Demonstration Speech Working with a partner or along, students will speak by doing; using
visuals to enhance speaking
6. Character Speech Delivery skills using first-person and research of a character. Continued
use of effectively using voice and development of delivery.
Second Nine Weeks:
Skill areas using traditional and non-traditional resources to sell and
1. Infomercial Speech
market a product, displaying creativity and originality.
2. Extemporaneous Development of a speech with limited time and resources; development of
Speech poise and organization
3. Group Dynamics Role playing in small groups; Skill areas: conflict resolution and working
Situations within a group
A concluding speech/tribute to a famous person. Skill areas: research and
speaking to a specific audience (tone).
A masterpiece demonstrating achievement in organization, skills and
5. Final Informative
development and delivery. Incorporates MLA bibliography and note-
Grading Speech evaluations (both teacher and peer), completed readings, quizzes/
(credit) Criteria tests, homework
Public speaking can be learned and is a life-long skill. Improving
communication skills is the goal of this course. Students will learn to reach
their audience through effective use of voice and body in a variety of
Course situations, including impromptu speaking, debating, and oral interpretation of
Expectations literature. They will also read, view, and analyze speeches in an attempt to
better their own speaking skills. An emphasis is placed on structure,
organization, and presentation of ideas with poise, self-confidence, and skill.
Daily participation and peer evaluation are major components of this course.
Listening and Audience Participation
You will complete individual critiques for members of your speech
class (more information will follow) throughout the semester.
You are expected to contribute something to help every speaker.
Sit in a fashion that demonstrates you are alert and attentive. You
must avoid all distracting movements or behaviors when others are
presenting, and you can never leave class during someone’s speech
Water only in class.
When students are legally absent from classes, it is his/her responsibility to
arrange with his/her teachers to make up work missed in each class. The
amount of time given to make up this work depends on the amount of time
that the student was absent and the circumstances surrounding the absence.
For instance, if the student is legally absent for two school days, the student
shall receive two school days to make up the work, if necessary. If this
work is not completed within the given time period, a student may receive
an “incomplete” grade. At the end of the grading period, or at the interim
report, the “incomplete” grade is changed to a failing grade for work that
has not been completed. Students will not receive credit for any class work
that takes place during unexcused class absences. Students are required to
make up any missed assignments. If a student is missing due to a pre
approved vacation/field trip they must follow district policy.
Class As per Seneca Valley School District Policy #204, a student shall not be
Attendance granted credit for any semester course if absences from that course total
more than ten (10) periods per semester or for any full year courses that
total more than twenty (20) periods for the year. Class period absences may
include but not be limited to illness, truancy, vacations, parent sponsored
educational experiences, college visitations, service related tests or
physicals, and doctor appointments.
In addition, student(s) will not receive credit towards graduation for any
class(es)from which the student(s) is illegally absent (confirmed truancy or
class cut) more than three times during a semester class or more than 6 times
during a full year course. The lack of sufficient credits in any particular
school year could result in a student being denied promotion to the next grade
level/building and/or graduation. If a student loses credit, he/she will remain
in the class and the grade earned will impact the students GPA.
The Seneca Valley School District recognizes the value and encourages the
opportunities for students to participate in pre-planned trips and educational
experiences during the regular school year. Pre-approval forms are
available from the building principal, to be completed by the school-
approved adult supervisor of the trip.
If a proposed trip has been approved by the principal, written permission
from a parent or guardian must be obtained. This permission must indicate
understanding of the date, time, cost (if applicable), method of travel, and
purpose of this trip. Pupil participants are subject to the supervision of the
school-approved adults, who may require a dress code for the occasion. At
all times the school code of conduct will be enforced.
Each month throughout the school year a list of those students who have
been absent or tardy 15% of the days is generated. The principal or
designee will determine individual student participation on the basis of
prior attendance records, previous requests, frequency of such requests,
academic progress to date, and the educational value of the requested
If you experience any problems with your account you may send an email to:
email@example.com or call the SHS Technology Facilitator at
Assignments are due on the dates designated. You will lose one full letter
grade for every day the assignment is overdue! PLEASE NOTE: If you are
absent on the day an assignment is due, you are responsible for handing it in
on the VERY NEXT DAY YOU ARE IN SCHOOL!! If you come to school
Student late on the due date and have missed Speech class, you are still responsible
Conduct, for turning the paper in on the due date. If you come to school the next day,
Discipline, and the paper is due that day. Of course, if you wish, you can always e-mail it to
Behavior us as an attachment to the above e-mail address at school. Obviously, if there
Management are extenuating circumstances, you are expected to come see us and discuss
the situation in advance if at all possible. Since most of your assignments are
assigned in advance, I have little or no sympathy for the infamous “my printer
died” routine. Be responsible!
Academic Plagiarism is defined as taking or imitating the ideas, thoughts or language
Dishonesty of another to represent them as one’s original work. It is imperative that all
work submitted by a student be representative of his/her own ideas,
thoughts and especially language capability. Therefore, plagiarism is
strictly prohibited in all work pertaining to school. A grade of “F” or zero
will be awarded for any submitted work which is found to be the work of
another (student, author, encyclopedia, internet, etc.) and subsequent
offenses will be dealt with accordingly.
If the ideas, thoughts or language from another source must be used in the
work being done, it is the student’s responsibility to footnote or annotate the
information appropriately. Plagiarism software will be used in various
There are computer labs in the building for student use. Students whose
teachers use the lab in their curriculum use courseware specifically
designed for that curriculum during scheduled class times. Students are
also permitted to use the labs for class or research during study halls as
space is available. In addition, there are computers in the library for
research purposes plus a workstation in every classroom for teacher and/or
student use. The labs are monitored at all times.
All enrolled students have an account on the networked system for file
storage and software access. All student accounts are password protected.
These passwords are to be kept confidential to protect unauthorized use.
Technology The labs are a privilege provided for the students to enhance the academic
Usage curriculum. Games that are not specifically used in the curriculum are not
allowed on the system. Individual files are not considered to be personal
property. These files may be accessed at any time by teachers,
administrators or the system manager. Students are not permitted access to
other students’ files. Tampering with files, copying of copyrighted
software, downloading or installing games, password tampering, accessing
unauthorized directories or removing equipment or software will be
considered theft. Tampering with any hardware or equipment or violating
policies and/or guidelines governing the use of networks, Internet or
software programs are also considered offenses and will be dealt with Per
Seneca Valley policy #218. Violators may also be prosecuted under
applicable local, state or federal civil or criminal law. Students must show
their ID card to gain access to the computer lab.
and Date A. Lehman – Revised 01/25/10