Public speaking and presenting made fun (not scary)!

Famously, Americans' number one fear is public speaking while death only ranks as number two. This profound fear starts at an early age. In our Public Speaking class, we take the fear out of speaking before an audience by getting kids talking in front a supportive group about things in which they are interested. They write speeches on subjects of their choice and practice delivering them to the assembled students. As the kids practice in this low-pressure environment, they learn skills like standing up tall, using a loud voice and making eye contact. They watch the speeches of public figures and critique what is successful and not so successful. They hold fun and engaging debates in which the students are asked to take a position on given issues such as "Should school have homework?" and "What time should kids go to bed?" If this class is successful, our students won't list public speaking as their #1 fear when they grow up!

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Click below to view portions of some of the guiding project sheets that the students use in the class.
Click below to download an example of a powerpoint your child will see. Here we introduce students to four things to avoid when making speeches.
We watch videos of public figures speaking to learn the techniques they use. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech is a must-see.
In this class, students will:
  • Give speeches on topics that are important to them
  • Learn do's and don'ts in public speaking
  • Watch and critique the speeches of historic figures
  • Participate in debates on kid-friendly topics
  • Help their fellow classmates with their own public-speaking skills
  • Give presentations using Powerpoint
  • Give presentations using visual aides
  • Give a final speech to invited families
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