CHIPLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Language Arts Department
TEACHER PHONE EXTENSION
Belinda Collins (Email:Belinda.Collins@washington.k12.fl.us) (850) 638-6100
COURSE TITLE COURSE NUMBER
Speech Communications 1007300
The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop skills in the fundamentals of formal and informal written
and oral communication. It is a Language Arts Performance Course, therefore; the content shall include, but not be
limited to, formal and informal oral communication, techniques of effective critical listening; analysis of and
adaptation to audience; public speaking; techniques of effective written and verbal argument; techniques of group
effective discussion (e.g., extemporaneous speaking, oral interpretation, persuasion, and oratory), emphasize on
source researching, idea and written organization, and both drafting and final writing as well as the techniques of
The teacher reserves the right to make changes as needed to this course guide throughout the duration of the course
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS
Glencoe Speech Communications Text Book, as well as supplemental texts, readings, essays and media (media and
textbooks will be provided for use in class). Several packs of loose-leaf paper, One 2”three ring binder, One 5
Subject Spiral Notebook, pen (blue or black only), a pen/pencil, computer with internet access (laptop or desktop at
home), a GoogleDocs account (googledocs.com), thinking cap (size: X-large!).
May include, but not limited to:
Poetry British Literature English Literature Essays
Ancillary Magazine Articles Media Clips Short Stories Commercials
*An ‘INTERNET USE’ Form MUST be completed and returned to complete most of the work required for this course.
GRADING SCALE GRADE WEIGHTING
A………………………………..90-100 Quizzes = 15%
B………………………………..80-89 Participation = 15%
C………………………………..70-79 Tests = 20%
D……………………………….60-69 Projects Production
F………………………………..Below 60 (Written Portion) = 25%
Speech (Performance) = 25 %
Semester Grades will be calculated per district policy (refer to the Student Code of Conduct)
Motto: Be Prepared. You will sign up for a date & time for presentations. If you miss that date and time, you will
receive a ZERO. You may challenge the Zero one (1) time per semester with a ‘Deadline Extension Request Form’ if an
unforeseeable emergency occurred. A RUBRIC by which all work will be graded will be provided with each
assignment. If there are questions - ASK.
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EXTRA HELP SESSIONS
I am often available during 4th period planning if a student needs extra assistance with an assignment. If a student
cannot schedule a time during 4th period, after school assistance may be available with prior arrangements. Please
make arrangements with me in advance for any help sessions.
COURSE-SPECIFIC SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS/BENCHMARKS
Per the Florida Department of Education, the purpose of this course is to provide students integrated language arts
study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, and literature in preparation for college and career readiness.
The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:
constructing meaning and analyzing and evaluating the logic and rhetorical strategies used in a variety
of grade-level print and digital informational texts
reading and analyzing grade-level print and digital literary texts that represent a variety of
genres across cultures and historical periods
using recursive process writing strategies to craft various forms of writing expressing ideas with
maturity and complexity appropriate to writer, audience, purpose, and context
listening purposefully to a variety of speakers and messages in both formal and informal contexts
speaking with clarity for a variety of purposes, audiences, and contexts, including formal and
informal modes of discourse
understanding and making effective language choices to successfully craft
the meaning, style, and tone of oral and written communication at grade-level and/or higher
acquiring an extensive vocabulary through reading, discussion, listening, and
directed word study, as well as an understanding of the ways that historical events, culture, and setting
employing a detailed inquiry-based research process, and selecting and using information and
communication technologies (ICT) effectively.
Writing drafts and well developed final products for the purpose of speech and public speaking.
Special Note: As students progress from one grade-level course to the next, increases should occur in the
complexity of materials and tasks and in the students’ independence in their application and use. Scaffolded learning
opportunities are to be provided for students to develop and apply the critical skills of discourse analysis, synthesis,
To see specific Benchmarks, you may logon to the FDOE website at: http://www.fldoe.org/bii/default.asp,
under Curriculum and Instruction, Grades 9-12, Language Arts
The student will:
1. Choose and narrow a topic appropriately for the audience and occasion.
2. Communicate the thesis/specific purpose in a manner appropriate for
audience and occasion.
3. Provide appropriate supporting material based on the audience and
4. Use an organizational pattern appropriate to topic, audience, occasion,
5. Use language that is appropriate to the audience, occasion, and purpose.
6. Use vocal variety in rate, pitch, and intensity to heighten and maintain
7. Use pronunciation, grammar, and articulation appropriate to the
8. Use physical behaviors that support the verbal message.
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I, and Chipley High School, expect hard work, integrity, honesty, compassion, respect and loyalty from each student
at all times DESCRIPTION
Disrespect and profane language will not be tolerated.
Be on time. All students should be in their assigned seats and ready to begin class when the tardy bell
rings. If you are late without prior permission from the teacher, you need a note to enter class.
Participate and respond in class when called on.
Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking. Listen to ALL Speakers with respect. Part of
your grade is compiled from your audience skills.
Remain in your seat during class until dismissed; do not line up at the door to await the bell.
You are responsible for completing your own assignments unless directed otherwise (such as with group
Use of a dictionary during writing, reading, tests or quizzes is encouraged (with the exception of
vocabulary and grammar quizzes or tests).
Cheating and plagiarism are in violation of the student handbook and will not be tolerated; appropriate
action will be taken if cheating or plagiarism is determined to have occurred.
Come to class prepared every day with notebooks, paper, pen, etc. You may not leave to get them once you
are here. Failure to prepare will be counted against your daily grade.
Per the school rules, student cell phones and electronic devices are to be out of sight and turned OFF
during class; if you are texting during class, if your cell phone goes off during class, or if it is visible, it will
be taken up and turned in to the office for parents to retrieve from the principal.
If I must ask for your phone because of your failure to follow the rules, TURN IT OFF, before you hand it
to me. In the event you do not voluntarily hand the phone over during class, you will be sent to the office
with a write-up. School Rule.
Take care of personal business before or after class. Do no interrupt the class needlessly as it gets all
students off track. If you plan to leave early for any reason, arrange it before hand with the teacher so there
is no interruption in class. If you need to go to the restroom –get a pass and do it before class.
Respect the rights of others, including the teacher – always. This includes cleaning up after yourself. Leave
your desktop clean and neat when you leave. Cleanliness shows self respect and respect for others.
Per the School Rule, there is to be no food or drink in the class room.
Per the school rule, there will be no tobacco products in class (or on school campus), including ‘spit cups’.
If I see tobacco, you will be asked to go to the bathroom & spit it out. If you do not, you will receive a
write up and go to the office (School Rule). If you are found to spit tobacco products on the carpet, you will
receive a write up and go to the office.
Semester grades will be calculated according district policy. For the District make-up policy, please refer to
the Student Code of Conduct
COURSE ASSIGNMENT POLICIES
Assignments are given to reinforce what we have discussed and learned in class. The following policies apply:
All assignments will be due on the due date given, and due at the beginning of each class. No late work will
There will be presentations REQUIRED in this course. At any time a presentation is required, Be
Prepared. You will sign up for a date & time for presentations. If you miss that date and time, you will
receive a ZERO.
Each student will be responsible for keeping a weekly journal and vocabulary/edit notebook; journal topics
for response will be given at the beginning of each week and due at the end of the week and will count
towards 20% of the student’s total grade; vocabulary and edit notebooks (these can both be in one
notebook) will be checked periodically, but will primarily be used as a study guide for edit quizzes.
Each student is responsible for any missed work for an excused absence (reference the student handbook)
and has 5 days to make up such work. Missed daily assignments will be placed in your period make up
folder in the class. You should check your class ‘make-up work’ folder after an absence to see if there are
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worksheets or daily assignments to complete; this is your responsibility. If you can’t find make up work,
please check with the instructor at the end of the class period; dates for make-up tests will be specified by
the instructor; make-up tests will not be given during class and may be different from the originally
scheduled test – you will need to make arrangements to make-up tests or quizzes after school; tests and
quizzes not made up by the specified date will be marked as zero. I will not hunt you down for your work;
if you do not make it up, you receive a zero.
All writing assignments will be given a RUBRIC by which the work will be graded.
All final assignments (unless in-class) must be typed (see computer access and jump drive in required
materials). ALL Assignments REQUIRE outline notes, organizers, rough drafts, Error correction log, and a
FINAL draft to be handed in for a final grade along with the presentation.
o Public speaking is a skill that develops over time through practice. Students will be given multiple
opportunities throughout the semester to speak formally and informally in front of the class through a
variety of readings, speeches and presentations. Writing and speaking rubric will be used to give feedback
to the students on different areas of public speaking. Listening is ALWAYS graded as part of the
presentation grade as listening in itself is a form of communication.
o The grade in the class will be mainly based on the final speeches for both the written or graphic product
AND the presentation. The students are given grades for both portions because both portions are important
in effective communication. These tasks will be graded according to the rubric and a letter grade will be
assigned that reflect the student’s mastery of the assigned skills. Reading quizzes, journals, and projects
will also contribute to the student’s overall grade.
ACADEMIC HONOR CODE POLICY
Students are expected to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will
result in penalties ranging from partial to no credit for the specific assignment to administrative disciplinary actions. Specific
violations of the Academic Honor Code are described below.
1. Interference with Other Students’ Work: Students should not intentionally interfere with the work of others, such as
by sabotaging work or research, giving misleading information, or disrupting class work.
2. Dishonesty in Exams, Tests, Quizzes (In-Class or Take-Home): The work on exams, tests, and quizzes, is to be
solely a student’s own work, unless otherwise directed by the teacher. No communication is allowed between or
among students, nor are students allowed to consult books, papers, study aids or notes, without explicit permission.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another’s paper, giving unauthorized assistance, obtaining
unauthorized advance knowledge of questions to an exam (test or quiz), or using electronic equipment including cell
phones and PDAs, or use of materials not authorized by the instructor. Cheating will result in a grade of zero.
3. Inappropriate Collaboration: Close collaboration on academic work requires acknowledgment. Inappropriate
collaboration involves working with someone else in developing, organizing, or revising an assignment/project without
acknowledging that person’s help. Specific policies regarding collaborative work, peer review, and editing may vary
4. Work Completed for One Course and Submitted to Another: Students may not present the same work in more
than one course. Under exceptional circumstances, teachers may permit a significant piece of research to satisfy
requirements in two classes. However, both teachers must agree in advance to this arrangement.
5. Plagiarism: To plagiarize is to use the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts of another person’s writings
without giving that person credit and representing the product as your own. Plagiarism may involve using someone
else’s wording without using quotation marks and/or documenting the source of the borrowed words/ideas. The issue
of plagiarism applies to any type of work, including exams, papers, or other writing, computer programs, art,
photography, video, etc. Students are prohibited from submitting any material prepared by or purchased from another
person, company, or Internet site. All papers and materials submitted for a course must be the student’s original work,
unless the assignment was research and the sources are otherwise cited. Violation of these policies will result in a zero
for the assignment.
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For Additional, Specific Instruction, see Teacher’s Course Guide and Department Vertical Alignment Guide.
Student and Parent Acknowledgement of Rules, Content and Expectations for 2010-2011 CHS Course
# 1007300 – Speech Communications:
I, the student, have read this Course Guide and Rules and understand my responsibility for this course. I
understand that grades will be given as outlined and that my conduct should be that of respect and restraint
to increase the learning environment. I realize that the rigor of this course will be full, but for my benefit in
learning effective speech and communication skills. I have signed below to acknowledge my understanding
of the guide and know that I should schedule a time to ask any questions I may have before I sign.
I, the parent/guardian, have read this Course Guide and Rules and understand my responsibility to my child
for his/her success in this course. I understand the manner in which grades will be calculated and will
encourage my child to perform to the best of his/her abilities. I also acknowledge that I agree that I desire to
be contacted if there is a need for the teacher to offer praise, raise questions, or simply inform me of my
child’s progress during this course. I have signed below and included my contact information, to
acknowledge my understanding of the guide and know that I should schedule a time to ask any questions I
may have before I sign.
Print name______________________ _______________________________
Phone # (s)_______________________________
Please return by Friday of the first week of school
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