Speaking across the Curriculum: Practical Ideas for Incorporating Listening and Speaking into the Classroom

Speaking across the Curriculum: Practical Ideas for Incorporating Listening and Speaking into the Classroom

Speaking across the Curriculum: Practical Ideas for Incorporating Listening and Speaking into the Classroom

Speaking across the Curriculum: Practical Ideas for Incorporating Listening and Speaking into the Classroom

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"Speaking Across the Curriculum gives teachers ready-made speaking and listening activities that can be infused into any curriculum. Over 50 activities help educators encourage debate and discussion and teach students speaking and listening skills." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Public speaking is mandated as a required course by some high school districts; it is written into the English curriculum at other schools. Yet most of us realize that public speaking skills are not relegated to one or two subject areas outside of school.

Just as all professions encourage and reward effective communication skills, all courses—from algebra to history— benefit if students communicate effectively. If speaking and listening skills are expected and inspected by teachers across the curriculum, we stand to boost the level of critical thinking and analysis and to increase the level of discussion and discourse in all subject areas.

The materials in this book were designed to give teachers ready-made speaking and listening activities that could be infused into any curriculum. Assessment rubrics for individual speeches and group discussions have been included to make evaluating these skills more objective. For California teachers, all of the materials in this book are tied to the California English Language Arts Standards on our Web site, www.cahssa.org.

It is our hope that these materials will be useful in fostering the skills needed to communicate across the curriculum.

Lynette Williamson

Chair, California High School Speech Association's Curriculum Committee . . .

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