Try it! Speech I: Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills!
Speech I: Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills
Everyone is going to have to do public speaking someday. Your homeschool high schoolers cannot escape. They’ll go to college and give presentations in class, they’ll teach Sunday school, they’ll give announcements at meetings… SOMETHING will happen!
But what if your teens aren’t afraid of public speaking? What if they have learned skills and confidence in speaking in front of others? What if they had FUN while learning SPEECH??
Many years ago, we started working with our homeschool high schoolers to give them public speaking skills. We started a speech and debate team that is still ongoing in our local support group. My kids have told me that it was the most important class they took in high school.
They’ve used their skills in college presentations and in spontaneous things that have come up (like a professor asking my daughter to come with her to speak to the Board about the benefits of keeping the photography program).
They’ve also used their skills in high school by participating in local ACSI Regional Speech Meets, American Legion Speech Events (for scholarships), Shakespeare monologue contests with the English Speaking Union, and more! (These are all POWERFUL transcript builders.)
So, by request, we released our curriculum! Speech I: Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills in our ebookstore gets you a full YEAR of Speech curriculum and lots of material for making happy memories!
This 30-week curriculum has 15 lessons. Each lesson has a section for research, for warming up, for practicing independently and with a partner, instructions for presenting, evaluation forms (for students and parents) and a fun “take-away” idea. The friendly style of instruction includes paragraphs aimed at the students themselves and lesson-by-lesson information for the parents to make facilitating the group easy.
Some topics are an all-in-one-session format; some spread over two weeks, and some topics with more complex content come in this format:
- First week: Have fun experiences with the topic being presented, a teaching from the textbook, individual or group practice
- Second week: Practice what you learned, develop material or memorize as needed
- Third week: Present and the next lesson
- (The format, of course, is adaptable to group needs- can be easily spread out over more weeks or contracted into fewer.)
We’ve learned over time that we can’t just throw homeschool high schoolers into composing and presenting speeches. They will NEVER learn to love public speaking that way!
Instead, we ease them into public speaking with non-threatening, familiar, low-preparation-energy experiences and build up to speech writing. We also throw in practical, use-it-in-life material like interview skills and Bible lesson presentations.
The format includes fun and laughter (which makes any kind of learning better.)
Here are the lesson topics in Speech I: Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills.
- 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
For more on teaching public speaking skills to your teens, check out this post in our Authoritative Guide series.