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Speech (Fall 24)

Grades 8 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Fall Only Schedule
Dates: 2024-08-13 to 2024-12-10
Tuition: $200 / Semester
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
Most students spend around an hour and a half on homework each week. Homework includes reading the textbook, completing short assignments, writing, practicing, and delivering speeches, and two quizzes.
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About the Course
Speech (Fall 24)


The ability to write and speak is an important life skill. Speaking does not have to be stressful. Once you learn how to organize and write a speech, it is easier than you may think. If your student is uncomfortable speaking in front of others, this class will give them the tools and confidence to do so. Or, if your student loves speaking already, and has a lot to say, this course will teach them how to make what they say cohesive and impactful. 

Students will learn how to write and deliver several kinds of speeches including an introduction speech, a devotional, an information speech, and a persuasive speech. Students will also learn how to create a short speech quickly and on the spot (impromptu speaking). This class can be counted as an English/Language Arts credit for Indiana Core 40.

Textbook: “The Art of Platform Speaking, Learning from Great Orators,” Author: Teresa M. Moon with Michele Ganev, Publisher: Communicators Advantage Project, ©2009, ISBN 9780981814131

This is a one semester class only. 

Second semester debate will be offerred. Students can take both speech and debate or just one.


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About Diane

Diane Cullen has taught classes at Cornerstone since 2013. Previously, Diane led the Truth Advocates Speech and Debate Club for nine years teaching students the skills of speaking and debating for competition. She has given feedback on a large number of speeches and debates. She also coordinated and led speech and debate tournaments for the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. Before that, Diane taught Career Decision making at IUS for fifteen years. While at IUS, Diane was also the Internship Coordinator. She is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality assessment tool and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Taylor University. Diane homeschooled her five children who have all now graduated from college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, interior design, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

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