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Competitive Speech X

Class Syllabus - 2003

Mr. Mark Edward Barlock

South High School English Department
Room 217
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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.

Course Outcomes/District Standards

1. The student will demonstrate the ability to think logically and speak clearly.
2. The student can form opinions, gather evidence, organize materials, and deliver anddefend personal viewpoints and opinions. 
3. The student can interpret the literature of a culture and society, revealing intent,meaning, and style.
4. The student can write for and speak to a variety of audiences.
5. The student understands, demonstrates and practices group interaction skills.
6. The student will develop, practice and demonstrate skills of public decision-makingactivities appropriate for a multicultural society.

Course Objectives:  The student will

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques of oral communication.
2. Demonstrate the ability to accept criticism and use it constructively.
3. Demonstrate an increased ability to think and speak extemporaneously.
4. Develop skills in gathering information and evidence.
5. Demonstrate the ability to research, organize, and deliver original speeches.
6. Demonstrate the ability to review, edit, and recite from memory interpretativepresentations of dramatic, humorous, and poetic selection of literature.
7. Share ideas, feelings, and knowledge with others in formal presentations.
8. Willingly and appropriately participate in various public speaking competitions.

Course Format/Student Expectations

1. The student is expected to select, research, develop and prepare four competition ready speeches on a semester basis in the following manner.

Choose two interpretative speech events:
            Dramatic Interpretation                         Poetry Interpretation
            Humorous Interpretation                       Duo Interpretation
Present one:
            Original Oratory
Choose one of the following:
             National Extemporaneous Speaking             International Extemporaneous Speaking

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)
October 11      (Columbine novice)
November 8     (Denver)
November 15   (Lakewood)
December 6     (Cherry Creek)
December 13   (Centaurus)

Tournament Attendance Policy

1.  South 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
B= 4 meets
C= 3 meets
D= 1-2 meets
F=  0 meets

Closing Note

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.

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