Syllabus and Course Description
Critical Thinking and Speech
Primary Textbook: Speech for Effective Communication
This course will help you:
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 and lead the class in discussion. Each pair will direct one discussion. The grade for this assignment will go into your 4th quarter grade.
Policies and the Way Things Work
1. Late Work--Due dates are assigned for all homework for a reason (duh). You are expected to have your work completed and prepared to turn in on the date it is due. Late work will not accepted, except in the case of excused absences. If the assignment is not turned in when it is called for, it will be considered late. So, if you left it in your locker--bummer. And dont ask for a pass. Be more responsible next time. The following are the exceptions which prove the rule:
A. Late Coupon--You will receive one late coupon per quarter which will allow you to turn in one assignment one day late per quarter. Your assignment will be counted at full credit with the late coupon. After one day, I will not accept the assignment, even with the late coupon, even for reduced credit. The late coupon must be stapled to the assignment. If you do not use your coupon, you may turn it in at the end of the quarter for 15 points.
B. Speeches--You will get more information on this when we start the speeches, but this is what it boils down to:
1. Speech Paperwork--I will accept speech paperwork packets late, but you will lose 20% for each day it is late. (The Late Coupon can only be used if it is one day late.)C. Excused Absences--If you missed an assignment due to an excused absence, you will have the same amount of time as the rest of the class to complete the assignment. The assignment must be turned into your class periods In Box with the date of absence and date turned in clearly labeled.
2. Speech Presentations--No late speeches accepted. Period.
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