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Speech Teaching Curriculum?

May 25, 2013 6:33pm

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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    • May 26, 2013 9:44pm


      Is this a brand new class or are you using a previous syllabus? WIthout knowing the core content, it's hard to suggest lessons.


      • May 27, 2013 8:56pm

        It's my understanding that the previous Speech teacher cobbled together a curriculum based on the Common Core ELA listening and speaking standards. I'll have something to work from, but I really want to take what she's done and take it to the next level.

        Here's the website of the current Speech teacher, fyi.

        • May 29, 2013 11:52am

          I looked at the web page you referenced from the previous "Speech" Teacher. In NYS Speech teachers teach speech/language and hearing disabled students. We would reference the syllabus or course outline on your website as either COMMUNICATIONS or PUBLIC SPEAKING and or ELA but not as SPEECH. So, I guess I am no help because I dont really know what you are teaching.

          • May 29, 2013 12:12pm

            Ann Marie,

            I am teaching what you know as Public Speaking, I believe.


            • May 31, 2013 12:42am

              I think you can find many valuable;e resources at if you type in "speech" in the search bar. I also found a great deal of them at the NY Times Learning Network at


              I would also check out high school forensics organization like the NFL and possibly Toastmasters (though one might have to be 18.)

              • Jul 28, 2013 9:37pm

                Travis, I'm in the same position, but without even an old syllabus to build on in creating my class. I've been told I am to teach Speech to a group of students that signed up for a drama elective (which the state of CA says, thankfully and correctly, that I am unqualified to teach). The drama teacher was reassigned to another school.

                I was hoping to see what your predecessor had to at least build off something, but the link is disabled. Is there another way to get the document?

                Additionally, did you find any resources you could recommend. I have a week to prepare and am a bit panicked.