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Byron Nelson High School

COMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS (SPEECH)

Coach Libby Pacheco

epacheco@nisdtx.org

Conference & Tutorials Period:  2nd  Period/ 5th Period Lunch

                       

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Communication Applications (Speech) is designed as a survey communications course.  Students will not only develop their public speaking skills, but also study how and why we communicate with one another.  They will make 7-8 oral presentations during the course of the semester.  They will also have written work in conjunction with and preparation for these presentations.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

 

The following materials will be required by the beginning of the second week of the semester:

 

  • Pen and/ or pencil
  • Netbook fully charged- EVERYDAY!
  • Package of 50-100 lined or unlined note cards

 

 

CLASS RULES

 

School should be a reflection of the world away from school.  Any business, including one using good communication skills, requires commitment and discipline from the persons it employs.  Conduct of students in this class is expected to meet those requirements.

 

Class rules will be consistent with district and school policies. Those rules for behavior will be conveyed to students. They may include, but not be limited to attendance policies, homework completion policies, including late work, the use of electronic devices (cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, etc.), and the drinking of beverages in class. Other class procedures concerning student and teacher behaviors will be determined according to mutual agreements reached by the teacher and students.

 

OFFICE HOURS/ CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Students with special concerns or in need of extra assistance should refer to the schedule at the top of this syllabus.  It is always a good idea to let me know at least one day prior to your arrival so that I can know to expect you.

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS/GRADING

 

Students may expect to receive one to three grades per week.  They will range in emphasis from simple quizzes/assignments to major projects (speeches) or papers.  The total six weeks grade will be based on this break down:

               

Summative Grading 60%

A.     Book Quizzes & Exams

B.      Final Speeches

C.      Projects

 

Formative Grading 40%

A.     Book assignments

B.      Pre-speaking assignments

C.      Pre-project assignments

 

SUBJECT CONTENT FOR CLASS

 

The student will examine how people communicate with those around them.  The student will examine how persons communicate and relate to one another.  The student will also acquire the skills necessary to successfully participate in that communication process, both formally and informally.

 

1st 6 Weeks:

 

 Topics:

®      Basic Communication

®      Communication Process

®      Speech Structure

 

Performances:

 

  1. Intro
  2. One presentation.. 3 minutes

 

2nd 6 Weeks:

 

Topics:

®      Performance

®      Interviewing

 

Performances:

 

  1. Childrens book presentation
  2. Persuasive Speech
  3. 3-5 min  (Presentation in place of assessment)

 

3rd 6  Weeks:

 

 Topics:

®      Mass Communication

 

Performances:

 

  1. Advertising/Infomercial
  2. Broadcast Journalism/Public Relations
  3. Final Exam Speech