Drama/Speech Department Offerings

DRAMA/SPEECH

vvonrosenvinge@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

508-497-9820 x6600

The drama department at Hopkinton High School includes Public Speaking, Public Speaking II, and Passages, a course which introduces students to basic skills that will ensure a smooth transition from living at home to being on their own. Additionally there are extra-curricular theatre activities including a fall musical, a winter play, and the one-act festival in May


Public Speaking - 8950 Semester Course

Open to: Grades 9-12 2.5 credits

Prerequisites: None


The emphasis of this course is placed on the study of communication and the practice of public speaking. The course includes practical application of speech communications in everyday life, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, self-awareness and self-confidence as well as looking at communications as story, as a form of education, and as a persuasive tool.

Public Speaking II - 89505 Semester Course

Open to: Grades 11-12 2.5 credits

Prerequisites: Public Speaking or permission from instructor


Building upon the foundational skills mastered in Public Speaking, students will further their development as a public speaker in a variety of settings. This will be done through a combination of speaking, writing, and reading assignments. Specifically, students will outline, develop, and deliver manuscript and extemporaneous speeches incorporating relevant sources. They will learn how to develop and deliver messages that are appropriate and effective for a variety of purposes and audiences. The course includes units on debate, media supported presentations, motivational speech, and creating a TED talk. Each student will be required to present a 10 - 13 minute memorized TED talk by the end of the semester to an invited audience.


Passages Semester Course

Open to: Grades 11-12 2.5 credits

Prerequisites: None


While students may be well equipped intellectually to handle the demands of a rigorous college academic program, many are lacking the basic skills that will ensure a smooth transition from living at home to being on their own. This course will focus on helping students develop basic skills in the areas of general housekeeping, meal preparation, health and hygiene, budgeting and managing finances, negotiating public transportation and communication practices (both interpersonal and intrapersonal).