Competitive Speech X
Class Syllabus - 2003
Mark Edward Barlock
This course is designed to train students for
forensics competitions on the local, district, state, and national
levels, as well as to introduce and refine student skills in the art of
oratory, interpretation, and extemporaneous speaking. It is a laboratory
experience in a variety of public communication modes and provides the
student with opportunities to apply their understanding and skills in a
variety of forensics competitions.
South High School is affiliated with the National Forensic League, an organization dedicated to challenging students in the public speaking and presentation arts. Students earn credits and achieve a variety of honors and awards for participation in tournaments and other speaking activities. The excellence of standards required by the NFL has gained them recognition by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as the only organizational seal that may be added to the studentís graduation diploma.
1. The student will demonstrate the ability to
think logically and speak clearly.
Course Objectives: The student will
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques of oral
Course Format/Student Expectations
1. The student is expected to select, research,
develop and prepare four
2. The student is expected to attend class sessions regularly and on-time.
3. The student is expected to attend forensics competitions, and for X or accelerated credit, the final semester grade will be adjusted according to the number of tournaments attended. The following schedule is tentative and based on meets held last year. There may be alterations, but advanced notice (2-3 weeks) will be given for all tournament bookings. Speech meets are usually all day events held on a Saturday. Although many meets end by four or five in the evening, there are some that happen to go longer for a variety of reasons and may not finish until as late as ten at night.
October 4 (Lakewood novice)
Tournament Attendance Policy
High School pays the entry fees for all tournament activities. There are no refunds for withdrawals or no-shows.
Should the student withdraw from the competition after
pre-registration with the tournament site, or if the student fails to
attend the competition for whatever reason, the
student will be expected to reimburse South High School for that
competition fee. The
student will not be allowed to attend any future tournaments until that
fee reimbursement is made.
2. The bus scheduled for each tournament will depart from South High School at the time notified. If the student is late, he or she will receive an unexcused absence markdown and will need to pay the reimbursement fee. Students are expected to arrive early and wait for the bus at the time given. Students may drive to thetournament site only if the coach attending the tournament receives written permission from a parent the day before the meet.
Grades for each marking period will be based on completion of in-class speeches (two major speeches per nine-weeks), class participation and behavior, and other assignments during the duration of that nine-weeks. The final semester grade will be adjusted to compensate for the studentís competition record at speech meets.
To meet X requirements the following number of meets must be attended:
A= 4-6 meets with at least
three ballots with a ranking better than fourth
I am very excited about coaching and teaching this speech season; however, I am also very pleased to still have the aide of the now assistant coach Mr. Thomas. He will be attending half of the meets and will report to me about student participation in those tournaments. Please treat Mr. Thomas and myself with the utmost respect and have a great year in speech.