Social Science Curriculum Review

SPEAKING/PRESENTATION RECOMMENDATIONS

 Guidelines
       
Listen attentively to the teacher for 45 minutes (listening enhances speaking)
       
Eliminate mindless repeated words such as: I, um, like, and, etc.
       
Ask intelligent questions pertinent to the topic at hand
       
Filter and edit information emphasize substance with style
       
Use technology to communicate effectively

Grade

Recommendations for Speaking/Presentations

6th

Foundations:
      
Speak between 1 and 3 minutes with note cards
      
Incorporate some outside materials (information-based, not just text)
      
Maintain eye contact with audience, exhibit confidence (e.g. no wobbling, face audience)
      
Incorporate details, not just reading or spouting off facts
      
Display some original thinking and opinions (paraphrase)
      
Pay attention to expression, enunciation, and pronunciation
    
 
Present at a podium (props optional)

7th

Enhancement:
      
Speak between 5 and 7 minutes with note cards
     
Bring in more outside information, not just from the textbook
     
Focus on topic, present key items, filter information
     
Display greater degree of original thinking, paraphrase
     
Pay attention to projection of voice
     
Integrate technology - Powerpoint presentations optional

8th

Intermediate:
      
Speak between 10 and 15 minutes (note cards optional but must be handed in)
     
Include some information that everyone already knows, then go beyond
     
Encourage point of view, and support it
     
Integrate technology/visual aids (e.g. Powerpoint, poster display)
     
Expectation for improvisation by third trimesteroutside source information, be able to answer questions and defend point of view

9th

Transition:
      
Speak between 10 and 15 minutes, minimally reliant on notes or Powerpoint slides
     
Go beyond the bare minimum expectation for presentation, emphasize creativity
     
Focus is on presenter with support NOT the support itself
     
Mirror expectations in writing skills at the appropriate level
     
Begin to use student interaction for support and learning skills
   Develop the skill of defending and supporting a position
     
Master beginning skills for filtering and editing emphasized

10th

Refinement:
     
Express an answer to a question in multiple sentences
     
Achieve polished debate skills
     
Express concepts with in-depth understanding

11th & 12th

Mastery:
     
Converse in an adult:adult conversation
     
Use outside information provided that it is relevant to topic
     
Incorporate the excitement of the topic, entertain and relate to audience
     
Support original opinions
     
Master improvisation through the defense of an opinion/stand, defend on the fly in a classroom situation
     
Mentor through sharing of learned knowledge (developing learners into teachers)
     
All the above should be transferable to a non-comfort zone situation