Competitive and Public Speech

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Teacher: Amy Meyer
Date/Time: Wednesday - 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Apologetics / Speech & Debate
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th), Middle School (6th-8th)
Maximum Enrollment: 17

Every single day people across the United States and around the world stand up in front of some kind of audience and speak.  The study of public speaking is important for many reasons.  On a personal level, it clears away anxiety, builds confidence, improves communication skills, and hones critical thinking.  On a practical level, it increases your leadership potential, makes you more influential, and enables you to impart information and persuade and entertain others.  In this Competitive and Public Speech class we will introduce middle and high school students to the wonderful art of competitive speaking and general public speaking.  We will also refine the skills of experienced speech students and prepare both the novice and the veteran for successful speech making.   Mrs Meyer will customize each student's curriculum depending on their skill level and experience. While students are not required in this course to compete in a speech tournament, participation in competition is highly encouraged.

There are a surprising number of speech categories from which students can choose to participate.   The events are broken down into four categories:

  • Interpretive Speeches,
  • Limited Preparation Speeches,
  • Platform Speeches, and
  • Wildcard Speeches.
Within the categories the events are – 
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Humorous Interpretation
  • Open interpretation
  • Dramatic interpretation
  • Apologetics
  • Mars Hills Impromptu
  • Extemporaneous
  • Expository
  • Original Oratory
  • Persuasive
  • Demonstration.
  This class is designed for competition that follows the StoaUSA homeschool league.  
  • Public speaking skills taught with emphasis on topic selection, research, organization, writing and presentation. Additional Concepts: Audience analysis, humor, and vocal & nonverbal delivery.
  • There are 2-3 tournaments held at Church of the Apostles. Students are required to attend at least two tournaments hosted by Metro Atlanta Forensics Club. Parents are required to attend as guardians of their students and serve as judges and volunteer help for the tournament. EXCEPTIONS to tournament attendance must be arranged with the instructor. .
  • Many competitors attend tournaments offered in other neighboring states as well as in another location in GA.
  • Parents are also required to agree with the Statement of Faith found on the StoaUSA website.
  • Categories for the various speech events can be found here.
  • Interested students are encouraged to attend other tournaments held in neighboring states.

Tuition: $390 fall semester, $390, spring semester,  $75 per semester supply fee.  Tuition is due at the beginning of each semester.  These fees cover not only tuition but also a portion of resources used in class and monthly administrative fees. note, class will not meet on September 13th or January 24th.

Course materials:  Students will need a dedicated speech binder with paper and pockets.  Students will also need to purchase A Writers Guide to Transitional Words and Expressions by Victor Pelegrino.  ISBN-13: 978-0945045021