In out last class we discussed the requirements for your dramatic speech which will you give the week of March 7th.

There are two parts to your dramatic reading, an introduction and a main body. Your introduction will include the central theme or thesis and the title of your piece(s). The body should be a poem, song, part of a play, movie or book etc. You have two choices for the organization of your dramatic reading (or oral interp):

1. Introduction (max 45 seconds)
2 Body (max 4 minutes and 15 seconds)


1 Body (max 1 minute)
2. Introduction (max 45 seconds)
3 Body (max 3 minutes and 15 seconds)

I would like you to remember that this speech is an introductory level speech and there is NOT too much pressure on you. I want you to focus on performing well and staying in the time limit. In class I described some of the key things we are looking for in this speech. Time management, a central theme or thesis, clarity, a small amount of organization, preparation. The most important are time management and preparation. In this particular type of speech, preparation is the key to time management and clarity. If you practice your speech over and over again, then you have a good chance of staying in the time limit and giving a good audible speech. Your speech must be more then three minutes and no more than five minutes. I suggest that you try for four minutes and practice in several different settings to make sure you stay with in the time limit. 
Here is a writing resource that I would like you to know about. There is a lot of information that everyone (EVERYONE) can use. Even if you know how to write well already, this is still a helpful resource.

Here are videos for the next class. These videos are examples of everyday people doing dramatic readings and some other stuff. You DO NOT need to watch every second of every video. Just look at some as examples and see how they do it. Find your own examples of good and bad ones and we may discuss and/or watch them in class.


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Hello Class,

We have made it to the end of the first week! We are still working out some administrative issues like adding, but those issues should be worked out next week. Here is a quick review of we have done thus far:
Day 1: We covered the basics of a first day in any class. We went over the syllabus and discussed various issues like prerequisites, the class website, assignments, speeches, etc. We also had everyone give a short speech in front of class. Finally, we watched a short clip of MLK's last speech and had a discussion about the content and context of that speech. I asked questions like what happened the day after this speech? Where did this speech take place? Why was MLK in Memphis, Tennessee?
Moreover, we discussed public speaking in terms of an evolutionary process that marks an important step in the development of human civilization and democratic ideals. 
        ASAP Rocky's video Purple Swag provided us with a jumping off point for a discussion of theory and the appropriate use of certain words. We watched and discussed another video featuring a news report where a teacher used the "N-word" when dealing with one of his minor students. This discussion allowed us to begin discussing public speaking using theoretical terms. The basic communication model we used is called The  Sender/Receiver Model of Communication or the transmission model of communication 

  S -------> R 
Day 2: The most important thing we went over in class is the "Me, Myself, & I" speech, which is due Tuesday. You are to bring three items that represent your past, present and future. You are to speak for no less than 3 minutes (1 minute for each item) and not more then 4 minutes. These are "easy" speeches and you should not be worried about a grade. You will get a minimum of a B for speaking at least 3 minutes and bringing 3 items. 
          We also started to get to some of the most important ideas in this class. We discussed the difference between Ideas and Ideals when we spoke about Che Guevara and the lengths he was willing to go through to fight for his ideals and values.