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High School Speech Curriculum?

May 25, 2013 3:34pm

I'm moving from teaching higher level, special education language arts to teaching Speech to 9th graders. Our state has adopted Common Core and I presume I will utilize the speaking and listening components of the English Language Arts standards. Any suggestions on where to find units of curriculum and/or exemplar lessons for Speech?

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Common Core


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    • Jun 10, 2013 11:56am

      I taught 9th grade Speech. I started them out by having each kid interview a classmate and then stand in front of the class ( with the peer standing in front as well) and introduce him to the class. I emphasized that they had just "talked" to the class, but had not given a speech.

      I assigned another casual "talk" to present alone. After that, I had them go through the speech process-write speech, block speech, memorize, and practice, practice, practice-every time, progressing from an untimed speech to a 3 minute speech.

      I did an icebreaker every class period. It helped them feel less awkward when speaking because they looked so goofy during the icebreakers.

      Have fun with it and your kids will too!

      • May 26, 2013 1:17am

        I would hate to give you some advice and offer suggestions if what I think "Speech" means, and then you find out it doesn't mean that. I wonder if it means speech and debate, or a sophisticated form of conversational strategies. If it means speech and debate,l the people at NCTE have many lesson plans that are Core friendly over at If you mean conversational strategies, then the people over at has Common Core lesson plans. I don't even want to presume that it might end up being public speaking and speech oratory. In that case a few can be found at edutopia. Let me know what it actually turns out to be and I can maybe help you more specifically.

        • May 27, 2013 5:51pm

          Eric, thanks for the reply. I'm not teaching competitive speech and debate, rather the basic public speaking kind of Speech. I presume we'll also do real conversational strategies as well.

          • May 27, 2013 5:57pm

            Here's the website of the current Speech teacher. I want to take what she's done and take it to the next level.

            • May 30, 2013 2:46pm

              Hi there! I'm a former Speech Teacher for 9-12 grade. I would like to talk to you in greater detail and assist in any way I can as you seek to address the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards.

              • Jun 6, 2013 5:29pm

                "The Art of Conversation" by James Morris has been the bible of my speech and communication class. I even refer to it for job counseling and college interview sessions. As for lesson plans out of it, you might be able to find some from


                • Aug 24, 2014 4:55pm

                  Hello, all. I know this thread is well over a year old, but I'm now in the exact same position as Travis was. I'm primarily an English teacher; I have only one speech class to teach. But this is my first year teaching altogether, and when it comes to resources for the Speech class, I have little to none. Would anyone be willing to help me out with some direction?


                  • Sep 1, 2014 7:08am

                    @Daniel, I'm in the same boat now. I cringed when I saw hold old the conversation thread was and that its been inactive since. HELP, anyone...

                    • Sep 8, 2014 6:16am

                      In Texas, Professional Communication has a curriculum website