Oral Communication


(a.k.a. Mr. Bob)

PURPOSE (Please read with “Surfer” Voice) Yo, Dude! The purpose of this class is to like develop your speaking, listening, and thinking skills – alright! Dude, you’re gonna get to speak your mind on some cool discussion questions, do some knarley activities, get in touch with your, like, “inner-philosophical self” through some way out writing applications, exercises, projects, and evaluations! WHOA! So, like the main point of this awesome class is to develop your speaking, listening, and thinking skills so that will can ride the “wave” of success in school, in your everyday life, and in your future. The better you can communicate, dude, the more totally awesome your life will be!! COOL!

COURSE OUTLINE (Please read with “Barney” voice) I love you, you love me, communication is the key. . . Well, hi boys and girls! Welcome to the world of communication! Baby Bop and I want you to know that this semester class has three units in which you get to play! They are:
Unit 1 – Elements of Communication: What is it? How does it work?
Unit 2 – Interpersonal & Group Comm.: Working with others is the key!
Unit 3 – Types of Public Speaking: Time for YOU to be the teacher!!
Guess what, boys and girls! The first half of the term we’ll do Units 1 and 2, and the second half of the term we’ll do Unit 3. Yippee-Unit 3 lets you be the teacher and perform two graded speeches- an informative and persuasive speech!

GRADING (Please read with a “Valley Girl” voice) Oh. . .my. . .gawd. . .I am like sooo excited. Did you know that you will, like be graded on a point system- no way that is sooo cool. Each quiz, test, activity, and homework assignment has a certain number of points that you earn. Just like the allowance my daddy gives me – as if! The points are as follows:
3 Chapter Quizzes @ 20 points per quiz = 60 points
9 Participation Grades @ 40 points per week = 360 points
2 Graded Speeches @ 200 points per speech = 400 points
1 Semester Final @ 140 points = 140 points
960 points
If your work is late it will like not be accepted. If you have questions about your grade like during the term, then make an appointment to see Mr. Bob before or after school, he’s like WAAAY to busy to do it during class . . . DA! Mr. Bob is sooo cool. I talked to him and he was all, “If you have an “A” for your grade after the 2nd speech is graded, you DO NOT have to take the semester final!! ” I was all, “NO WAAY!” and he was like, “WAY!” Mr. Bob is like the sweetest guy!

(Please read with “Mafia” voice) Pssst. . .’ey you. . .come ‘ere! I gots somethin’ very impordant ta tell ya. Mr. Bob don’t like it if you aint in his class, on time, every day. If you aint here, he sends me out after yas, and you don’t want dat! It aint a pretty picture – if ya knows what I mean!! Ya don’t gotta be no rocket scientist ta figure out dat if ya aint here, ya aint gonna pass! You will flunk, and have to come back and take it again, and again. That’s like wearin’ cement shoes and gettin’ tossed in da river. So, get your behind here and on time! Just like any other class here at LSW, if you are truant more than 3 times in da next 9 weeks, you will will be put on noncredit status for dat class. So don’t be stupit!
An don’t be late to class neither! Mr. Bob don’t like it when you interrupt his class. You got six minutes to get here from your last class, so, unless you already got broken kneecaps – be here on time! If not, students who are late to class and do NOT have a pass from de office or deir teacher, will lose 1/2 of their participation points for dat day.

Now, dis all may sound like Mr. Bob is a mean guy, but he aint – he’s just got moxy. An he cares about yous. He just wants you alls ta pass dis class, and you aint gonna if ya aint ‘ere! OK?. . . . . OK!

PASSES (Please read with “Forrest Gump” voice) I’m not a smart man, but I know what a planner is. My mamma always says, if you have to use one of your passes, like to go the the bathroom because you drank 14 Dr. Peppers, or you’ve been shot in the buttocks, then you always need to have YOUR planner with you. Mr. Bob will check to make sure it is YOURS. If he catches you trying to use someone elses . . . you’d better be running!! Also, passes can’t be used during the first or final 15 minutes of class, or during performances and presentations. You should write out your destination, Mr. Bob’s room – the Theater, and the time. It should look like this: to nurse, from the theater, 10:00. Then take it to Mr. Bob and he will check to see if it is your planner and sign it. Using the pass is a privilege. If you are abusing it, you will make Mr. Bob mad and lose this privilege and . . . that’s all I’ve got to say about that!

1. Please stay at your desk/in the room until I dismiss you. Don’t hang out
by the doors!
2. Maintain respect for all people and property.
3. Participate positively in class discussions and activities.
4. Feel free to bring water to class, but no other beverages, food or candy.
5. Use language that is appropriate for the classroom setting.
6. Do not sit on the tables.
7. I will always be worthy of your trust, please be worthy of mine.

1. TRY! I don’t give grades, you earn them!
2. Never be afraid to make a mistake!
3. Read the chapter in the book!
4. Participate daily in class!
5. Complete all assignments and performances on time!!
6. Laugh at my jokes!