Public Speaking 9th Grade QCIE – Course Outline


Mr. John Lenhart

Time and Location

Block 2: 10:35-11:55

Room 504

Contact Information;

Edmodo Code


Welcome to Mr. Lenhart’s 9th grade Public Speaking class. This is my first year at QISS/QCIE and I am very much looking forward to teaching Public Speaking. In this particular class, we will focus on the students becoming accustomed to speaking a second language in all types of real life situations. Most importantly, the students will gain confidence in themselves in their ability to speak and articulate proper English. I hope to inspire my students to take risks by stepping outside of their comfort zone. This will not be easy! I will also encourage them to permanently adopt the skills they learn, and most importantly, to apply what we learn to their lives and to recognize why we practice and perfect Public Speaking.

Course Overview:

In our daily lives, we must often give informative presentations – at work, at school, at home or in our community. Over the next year, we’ll explore some strategies for presenting information and ideas in a clear, effective, and engaging manner. We will focus on the basics of the speaking assignment and form strategies for designing informative speeches, as well as formal and persuasive arguments. The topics and skills developed throughout the course will be primarily driven by the QISS adopted standards. These standards were selected from both the Common Core English/Language Arts standards and the AERO standards. At the beginning of each topic of study, each student will be made aware of the benchmarks that will be addressed during that unit. Students will be expected to show effective mastery of the benchmarks designated for their level and their performance will determine their grade in the course. In addition to the daily materials that are presented, students will also be given a series of novels, periodicals, short stories and other texts to read and analyze. Students will be responsible for these texts and must resubmit them at the end of the year.

Thematic Units:

In Public Speaking, we will be covering a multitude of topics. We will focus on many different areas of study all under these 4 Major Units:

1. Speaking in Public/Strengths and Weaknesses

2. Your Audience/Choosing Your Tact and “Language”

3. Preparation/Information

4. Content Delivery/Maximize Effect

Behavior and Homework Expectations:

Classroom behavior expectations will follow closely along with our school’s mission statement. This class introduces students to the basic elements of good public speaking and is designed to

instill in them a sense of confidence as they communicate orally with others. Public Speaking is an incredible skill and can be extremely rewarding. It can also foster and encourage heated discussions and debate. In order to ensure that the classroom environment is a safe one, where students feel confident expressing their opinions and learning from each other’s perspectives, this class has one rule: respect. Students are expected to respect their teacher, their classmates, and themselves. If students can abide by this one rule, it will foster learning in the classroom and be the foundation of their character in the years ahead. Disrespect will not be tolerated.

All homework assignments will be shared in Edmodo. If a student loses a homework assignment, they can reprint the assignment by logging on to Edmodo. I expect that homework will be completed on time and will be creative, clear, and comprehendible. Students are responsible for coming to class prepared each day. That means having a pen or pencil, a notebook for only this class, and a folder or binder for only this class. There will be days where students are asked to bring their laptops or use their mobile device if they have one.

Assessments and Grading:

The course will be taught over the entire year with students receiving grades each academic quarter. The grades will be reported using the A-F system with a percentage given out of 100%. Both formative (homework, papers, quizzes, daily participation) and summative (authentic projects, key assignments, exams) assessment tasks will be given that assess both content and skill mastery.

Formative Assessments: 50% (homework, participation, quiz)

Summative Assessments: 50% (exam, project, assignment)

I am excited about this year and very much look forward to teaching this course. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns throughout the year.