Speech I Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills

Speech I Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills

Speech I Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills is 7Sisters’ popular course that takes the fear out of public speaking and makes it fun! Download this TEACHER’S Guide because Speech just may be the most useful course your teen takes in high school.

That’s what lots of our former Speech students in our local homeschool community tell us after they have graduated and moved on to college and the workforce.

We’re so happy to offer our first-year Speech Curriculum for High School!

Post-graduation, Speech class has helped students with:

  • College class presentations
  • Opportunities to speak at various community organizations
  • Teaching
  • Leading Sunday school classes and occasionally preaching at church
  • Meeting new people
  • Confidence with job interviews

Why study Speech with 7Sisters?

Our experience!

Vicki Tillman and Sabrina Justison have well over a decade of experience teaching Speech and Acting, including Vicki’s successful foundation of the Tri-State Homeschool Network Rhetoric League and Sabrina’s wildly popular Drama Camps. Both have served as judges for many years at the ACSI Regional Speech Meets that provide competition experience for teens from high schools in our area.

Many people rank Public Speaking as one of their greatest fears. Our Speech curriculum for high school is designed to remove the intimidation factor and provide so much FUN along the way that Speech becomes an opportunity for success instead of a recipe for disaster. Shy kids learn to find their voices and confident kids learn to hone their public speaking skills.

  • College admissions officers are looking for Speech on the high school transcript.
  • Employers are looking for confident, articulate job applicants to hire.
  • You can help your teen acquire Public Speaking skills and make happy memories along the way.
  • Only the teacher or group facilitator needs to purchase this .pdf TEACHER’S Guide; it includes the full curriculum and should be accompanied by the Speech I Student Workbook.

Each student in your group needs to purchase a copy of the Speech I Student Workbook — click here for the workbook!

Speech I (Teacher’s Guide) includes:

  • 15 Lessons with Alternate Practice ideas included with each to make it easy to expand the curriculum for a FULL YEAR of weekly Speech classes.
  • A second addendum .pdf file is also yours at purchase; it contains the Evaluation Sheets for each lesson formatted on individual pages to make it easier to print and distribute to your students and parent evaluators.
  • Finally, a third .pdf file is included in your purchase, an errata sheet that gives you replacement links for any in the text that have broken since we first created the curriculum.
    • If you come across a broken link in Speech I (Teacher’s Guide), check the errata sheet for a suggested link to replace it. (We make this errata available at no cost to all previous purchasers of our Speech I curriculum as well; periodic checks for broken links occur annually, and send you an email if a new errata sheet is required.)

Note: Here are some Lesson Plans for Speech class teachers to help you get organized.

Topics included in Speech I (Teacher’s Guide):

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

Speech is a part of a high school English/Language Arts credit

Along with Literature, Writing, Vocabulary and Grammar, Public Speaking creates a powerful entry on the homeschool transcript.

Speech can also be a separate elective credit:

  • To earn a full elective Speech credit, log the hours your student spends attending Speech class meetings and preparing presentations
  • 120-135 hours equals one credit using the Carnegie Unit model (for more on earning credits by logging hours,

Read this post, If you need more information on the components of the English/Language Arts high school credit, watch this short video we created to help you – “What to Include in a Homeschool High School English Credit”.

Click here to view an excerpt from Speech I – Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills (Teacher’s Guide)

Be sure to download the Errata Sheet with updated links. Links are always changing so we keep them updated with periodic Errata Sheets.

Also, click here for information on ways to earn various amounts of Speech credit, along with a sample syllabus.

For more on teaching public speaking skills to your teens, check out this post in our Authoritative Guide series.

Here’s what some homeschool moms had to say about Speech I- Public Speaking and Practical Life skills:

“The course is organized very logically, and with good skill progression throughout the term. What I like most about it for my daughter is that it is written in such a way that you can just about see the author smiling. The joy that comes forth while we are working together through the assignments and preparations is amazing.”  -O.M.

“Thank you so much 7Sisters!! Having a BLAST teaching this class with 13 students this semester!! : )”  -K.W.

“…my dd’s hybrid school used 7 Sisters speech & it was a great class for her. I liked how it was a very practical curriculum & it had projects that were mostly focused on public speaking type topics that most adults are called on to do at one time or another, even if they don’t use public speaking in the workplace.” -L.M.

“We’re doing this class right now! You ladies make it FUN!” -K.S.

“I also am using the 7 Sisters Public Speaking course at a co-op and the kids are really enjoying it.” -B.J.

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