Social Science Curriculum Review


Listen attentively to the teacher for 45 minutes (listening enhances speaking)
Eliminate mindless repeated words such as: I, um, like, and, etc.
Ask intelligent questions pertinent to the topic at hand
Filter and edit information emphasize substance with style
Use technology to communicate effectively


Recommendations for Speaking/Presentations


Speak between 1 and 3 minutes with note cards
Incorporate some outside materials (information-based, not just text)
Maintain eye contact with audience, exhibit confidence (e.g. no wobbling, face audience)
Incorporate details, not just reading or spouting off facts
Display some original thinking and opinions (paraphrase)
Pay attention to expression, enunciation, and pronunciation
Present at a podium (props optional)


Speak between 5 and 7 minutes with note cards
Bring in more outside information, not just from the textbook
Focus on topic, present key items, filter information
Display greater degree of original thinking, paraphrase
Pay attention to projection of voice
Integrate technology - Powerpoint presentations optional


Speak between 10 and 15 minutes (note cards optional but must be handed in)
Include some information that everyone already knows, then go beyond
Encourage point of view, and support it
Integrate technology/visual aids (e.g. Powerpoint, poster display)
Expectation for improvisation by third trimesteroutside source information, be able to answer questions and defend point of view


Speak between 10 and 15 minutes, minimally reliant on notes or Powerpoint slides
Go beyond the bare minimum expectation for presentation, emphasize creativity
Focus is on presenter with support NOT the support itself
Mirror expectations in writing skills at the appropriate level
Begin to use student interaction for support and learning skills
   Develop the skill of defending and supporting a position
Master beginning skills for filtering and editing emphasized


Express an answer to a question in multiple sentences
Achieve polished debate skills
Express concepts with in-depth understanding

11th & 12th

Converse in an adult:adult conversation
Use outside information provided that it is relevant to topic
Incorporate the excitement of the topic, entertain and relate to audience
Support original opinions
Master improvisation through the defense of an opinion/stand, defend on the fly in a classroom situation
Mentor through sharing of learned knowledge (developing learners into teachers)
All the above should be transferable to a non-comfort zone situation