How to Earn a Speech Credit for Homeschool Transcript

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How to Earn a Speech Credit for Homeschool Transcript

How to Earn a Speech Credit for Homeschool Transcript

Knowing how to log a Speech (or Public Speaking- same thing) credit on the transcript CAN be confusing. We had some questions about how to make this happen, so let’s take a look at several options.

First, let’s start with the most important thing you need to know: “There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school.” That really applies to Speech credits. Homeschool high schoolers have varied in their interests, abilities, time limitations and more, so there’s not ONE right way to handle a Speech credit.

As you know, 7Sisters has a popular Public Speaking curriculum. However, the amount of credit teens can earn will vary. Therefore, let’s take a look at the different amounts of credit and how to earn them.

With that in mind, earning Speech credit can be handled in several different ways:

  • Speech is often integrated into a Language Arts credit

    Speech I: Public Speaking curriculum from 7SistersHomeschool.com
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    • When this is done, your teens do not need to complete the entire curriculum in one year. Rather, you can choose part of the curriculum to work on each year. (It is good to fit a tiny bit of public speaking into each English/Language Arts credit during high school. For more information on English/Language Arts credits, check out this post.)
  • OR Speech can be elective credit. Follow these guidelines:

    • For 1/4 Speech credit, divide the lessons in the Speech curriculum into 30-45 hours of work (according to the number of hours needed for a credit in your state or umbrella school/supervising organization).
      • This will include 15 hours of instruction and then students log hours with homework their homework to complete the 30-45 hours needed.
    • For 1/2 credit, divide the lessons in the Speech curriculum into 60-90 hours of work (according to the number of hours needed for a credit in your state or umbrella school/supervising organization).
      • This will include 15 hours of instruction and then students log hours with homework their homework to complete the 60-90 hours needed.
    • For full credit, divide the lessons in the Speech curriculum into 120-180 hours of work (according to the number of hours needed for a credit in your state or umbrella school/supervising organization).
      • This will include 15 hours of instruction and then students log hours with homework their homework to complete the 120-180 hours needed.
        • They may also add extra speeches in favorite areas
        • Watch extra videos
          • YouTube searches are helpful
        • Attend a speech of some sort
          • Book readings by authors
          • Poetry slams
          • Attend and/or participate in a high school speech meet
          • If they are looking for a job, ask them to practice their interview skills
          • Attend a monologue night or readers theater at the local college
          • More helpful resources for Speech in this post

More details on how to earn Speech credit for the homeschool transcript

Speech I Student Workbook 7SistersHomeschool
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This course is broken into 15 lessons that may be completed in 15 weeks.

  • If your group meets weekly, that makes one semester (a half-year) of Speech meetings.
  • Or if you meet bi-weekly, you have a Speech class for a year.
  • If you meet once a month, the long stretch of time between classes may cause your students to lose some of their momentum and focus. Therefore, plan for good communication in between meetings via email, social media groups.

There is a leader’s guide and a student workbook (needed for each student in the group). If students are working independently (not in a class or group) they will use the leader’s guide instead of student workbook.

The curriculum is flexible so that you can easily tailor it to the schedule that works best for your group. Alternate Practice sections are included in each lesson with suggestions for expanding the topics into a second week of fun and learning.

Download the Speech Lesson Plans to help you prepare to help your teens!

Syllabus for Speech

Welcome to Speech/Public Speaking!

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Speech 1 from 7SistersHomeschool.com

Optional Supplemental Material: Lesson Plans for Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective, 7SistersHomeschool.com (These are additional activities and videos that add richness to the study for individual teens or co-ops.)

Purpose of the course

This homeschool high school Speech course is designed to give teens a course that trains them in this important life skill. See the information above to choose the type of credit you need on your transcript.

Topics covered in Speech 1

  • 1: Presenting Kid Lit (Interpretation of Children’s Literature)
  • 2: Presenting a Bible Reading
  • 3: Presenting Spoken-Word Poetry
  • 4: Presenting a Humorous Monologue
  • 5: Organizing & Writing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech (Expository Speech)
  • 6: Gathering Materials & Practicing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech
  • 7: Presenting a “Visual Aid How-To” Speech (Expository Speech)
  • 8: Organizing & Researching a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
  • 9: Writing & Practicing a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
  • 10: Presenting a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)
  • 11: Creating & Presenting an Elevator Pitch
  • 12: Creating & Presenting a Sales Pitch
  • 13: Presenting an Infomercial (Group Project)
  • 14: Practicing Beginning Interview Skills
  • 15: Presenting a Children’s Bible Lesson

Grading Scale (adjust to your needs):

  • Attendance 10% (if in co-op or group class)
  • Class Participation 50%
    • For co-op:this includes actively participating in each activity
    • . For individual: this includes attitude and timeliness of assignments
  • Assignments 40% 

Class Dates (teacher add dates for instructional time) and homework

Week 1: Presenting Kid Lit (Interpretation of Children’s Literature)

Attend class.

Homework: Work on Kid Lit presentation

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 2: Presenting a Bible Reading

Attend class.

Homework: Work on a Bible Reading

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 3: Presenting Spoken-Word Poetry

Attend class.

Homework: Work on a Spoken-Word Poem

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 4: Presenting a Humorous Monologue

Attend class.

Homework: Work on a Humorous Monologue

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 5: Organizing & Writing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech (Expository Speech)

Attend class.

Homework: Work on organizing and writing a Visual Aid How-to Speech

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 6: Gathering Materials & Practicing a “Visual Aid How-to” Speech

Attend class.

Homework: Work on gathering materials for and practicing the Visual Aid How-to Speech

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 7: Presenting a “Visual Aid How-To” Speech (Expository Speech)

Attend class.

Homework: Work on presentation of the Visual Aid How-to Speech

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 8: Organizing & Researching a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)

Attend class.

Homework: Work on organizing and researching a Biographical Report

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 9: Writing & Practicing a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)

Attend class.

Homework: Work on writing and practicing a Biographical Report

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 10: Presenting a Biographical Report (Expository Speech)

Attend class.

Homework: Work on presentation for Biographical Report

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 11: Creating & Presenting an Elevator Pitch

Attend class.

Homework: Work on Elevator Pitch

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

Week 12: Creating & Presenting a Sales Pitch

Attend class.

Homework: Work on Sales Pitch

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

13: Presenting an Infomercial

Attend class.

Homework: Work on Infomercial

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

14: Practicing Beginning Interview Skills

Attend class.

Homework: Work on Interview Skills

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

15: Presenting a Children’s Bible Lesson

Attend class.

Homework: Work on Children’s Bible Lesson

Complete any additional activities if you are working on 1/2 or full credit.

 

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