This course introduces speech making based on a traditional approach. Classical rhetorical theory will be covered and theoretical understanding and practical application of oral communication will be developed. Students will go through an in-depth analysis of several historically significant speeches. After close examination of each speech, students will write and deliver some of the following: 1. Platform Speaking (Original Oratory, Expository, Persuasive) 2. Literary Interpretation (Humorous, Dramatic) 3. Other Speeches (Prose, Poetry, Storytelling) 4. Limited Preparation Speeches (Impromptu and Extemporaneous) This course will also focus on current events, helping students become able to think critically and communicate effectively about today’s issues. If it is in the news, we could be discussing it in class. Learning how to adequately communicate and discuss today’s issues will help our youth become better informed voters, develop the ability to see both sides of today’s issues, and ultimately be prepared to defend their beliefs. Questions are expected and encouraged. Parents are welcome to observe any class. Feel free to contact me with any questions, thoughts or concerns.