Middle School Communication: Public Speaking, Study Skills, and News Writing… All-In-One!
MS Review, December Edition
The communication elective in the Middle School exposes students to interpersonal, organizational, and speech communication skills. We plan, write, edit, and present speeches in the following categories: introduction, informative, and persuasive. While preparing these we also focus on nonverbal communication skills, including eye contact and poise.
Organization is naturally a key component of the class. Not only do we exercise organizational skills in the speech writing process, but we also learn the importance of organization in all aspects of life. From binders for other classes to assignments and test prep, student use this valuable skill throughout the semester. Time management is another important concept for students to master. Dividing time meaningfully among school assignments and extra-curricular activities is a necessity for children at this age.
Finally we create a newspaper for the entire Middle School. In this activity, students put their organization to work while they create strong work. This is also a great opportunity to work together. Students learn interview skills, headline writing, and review writing. They work together, appreciating special qualities that each student brings to the class.