Public Speaking is offered as a one semester elective to provide Rutherford High School students, grades 10-12,with a means for effective public speaking skills for the 21st century. Along with vocally delivering a speech, students will identify the essential elements of how to write a speech that is appropriate to the audience, the audience background, the purpose and the occasion.The essential skills of writing and speaking are integrated so students can benefit from the teaching of writing and the practice of speaking simultaneously in that they learn to develop personal expression in more than one medium. Public Speaking emphasizes real life speaking situations that are practical and essential to tomorrow’s business and social leaders. This course is designed to guide the student through the creation and presentation of spoken presentations, including impromptu, extemporaneous, and memorized formats. Through a variety of assignments, students will rehearse their final product; write and perform speeches to inform, to persuade, or to entertain; study and practice the etiquette of speech conventions (acceptance speeches, introductions, eulogies and tributes, as well as presenting and accepting awards, etc.); and practice stating and defending a well-supported opinion.While students learn essentially through their own performances in this course, they also learn to apply principles, theories, and techniques of more effective communication that can be applied to their lives outside of the high school setting. Students are taught to build confidence in themselves,as well as to respond and to give constructive criticism. Due to the nature of this elective, not all New Jersey Common Core Standards will be met. The standards can be found at http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards Throughout the course, the students partake in different activities that will enable them to exhibit the skills that they learn in the class. For example, in March of every year, the students in Public Speaking work with the Future Teachers of America club and present different activities to the younger grades in honor of "Read Across Rutherford Day" which honors the legacy of Dr. Seuss.
The Major Tenets of Public Speaking Are: 1) The Sandwich 2) Body Language/ Eye Contact 3) Word Choice 4) Phrase Fillers 5) Presentation Space