Syllabus and Course Description
Critical Thinking and Speech
Primary Textbook: Speech for Effective Communication
90-100% =A Assignments and Activities
This course will help you:
59% and below =F
Classroom discussions and activities
Overview of the Year: Our course has four major units of study divided by mini-units devoted to developing critical thinking skills.
Assignments and Activities
Unit 1: Exploring Communication
Unit 2: Critical Thinking
Unit 3: Public Speaking--The Informative Speech
Unit 4: Critical Thinking
Unit 5: Public Speaking--The Persuasive Speech
Unit 6: Critical Thinking and the Impromptu Speech
Unit 7: Debate
Debate is the unit in which everything we have done all year comes together. It is our most extensive, difficult and, perhaps, most important unit. Our debate topic this year is Standards in US Public Education. You will do preliminary readings throughout the year to prepare for this unit. By June we will all be minor experts on the subject/ Pay attention to what you come across in the news, on the net, in magazines, on TV, etc. having to do with this topic. The greater your familiarity with it, the easier the debate unit will be for you.
Group Discussion: A Recurring Unit
Every other Friday throughout the year, we will drop whatever we have been doing and engage in semi-formal class discussions. The topics and formats of these discussions will be determined by you. You will work in pairs to prepare the materials to lead the class in discussion. Each pair will direct one discussion. The grade for this assignment will go into your 4th quarter grade.
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