RDHS Public Speaking Course RationalePublic speaking is perhaps the most difficult thing to do in our professional lives. It is the number one fear of more than 50% of the population. This course seeks to help students understand the importance of effective public speaking and provides them with the tools to overcome their fears and reservations. Students read and deliver well known and historical speeches of a variety of lengths. They also create and perform their own writings. Students learn the basics of oral communications from vocal tone to body language and gesturing. A variety of speech formats are introduced and practiced.The course is one semester and broken into two units of study: Intro to Public Speaking and Speech Writing and Performing. During the first unit students will learn how to channel their nervous energy into their speeches and how to overcome a variety of hindrances they may have. In the second unit students will learn the structures of specific kinds of speeches including: demonstration, informative, persuasive, and commemorative. Peer critiques are used to help foster a supportive and team environment. Students will work both individually and in groups participating in activities that support ELA and CCCS standards.In our technological age where image and video dominate, being a poised, effective speaker is more important than ever. Gone are the days of hiding behind a computer screen – live video feeds, teleconferencing, and webinars mean our speaking and communication skills will drive our success. Public speaking is a job skill in demand in our global technological world.