Speaking Day!

Post date: Nov 28, 2012 5:33:15 PM

It is once again time for the annual Speaking Day event. Thursday, December 6, 2012 is the big day for all 7th - 11th grade students, as they will present a speech to a panel of judges. The students have been practicing for weeks, and will strive to pass their speech according to the state speaking scoring guidelines. The 7th and 8th grade students are required to write and memorize a 3-5 minute speech on any subject of their choosing (a person, place, or thing). The high school students are required to write and memorize a 4-7 minute speech. The freshmen are presenting their personal narrative stories, the sophomores are presenting either a medieval or world history research topic, and the juniors are presenting the details of their senior project that will be completed next year. The seniors will serve on the judging panel, along with a teacher and community member.

This is the third year of the Speaking Day event, and each year the students get better and better at public speaking. Not only that, we have noticed a marked improvement in the confidence level of students who have to give public speeches. The event was created in order to scaffold and prepare students for their capstone project and presentation in senior project.

On Speaking Day, the students will be dismissed from their regular classes at 1:30 p.m. to change into their professional dress, which is a requirement of the event. Students then go to the classroom that they were assigned to, and the event will start promptly at 1:45. The 7th-11th grade students are all mixed up and about 10 students will present in each classroom. Again, a teacher, senior, and community member serve on the judging panel. The students present their speeches one by one, and the judges score the speeches. Students will find out if they passed their speech on the following Monday. If a student passes, they will not have to give their speech again and they can celebrate their accomplishment! If a student does not pass, they will have to present their speech again to a group of teachers.

Attached below is the state scoring guide, as well as the scoring guide that the judges use to score the speeches. If you have any questions or comments about the event, please feel free to call or e-mail Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Guentert, or Mrs. Butts.