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Four seventh graders delivered speeches on topics ranging from pesticides in foods to labor conditions in China during a presentation in Doc Wilson Hall on May 10.
Jack Borwick, Nate Borwick, Aaliya Khanna and Hanna Schiciano were chosen to represent their grade during this culminating event for the public speaking portion of the seventh grade curriculum. The Pacific Garbage Patch and poverty in New York City were the two other subjects covered in the students' speeches.
"They represented the high quality of research completed this year," say humanities teachers Mary Chappell and Paul Friedman, adding that they were very impressed with the student work in the public speaking unit.
Seventh graders' study of public speaking begins in the fall, when students choose a famous speech and deliver it to the class. "Understanding the content, and reading with fluency, inflection and projection are some of the skills taught," Ms. Chappell explains. "Adding eye contact and connecting with the audience is an important feature of the delivery. Peer critiques are based on a system of P.Q.P. (praise, question and polish) and students help each other improve their delivery."
In the spring, seventh graders select a global issue of importance to them. They then learn to analyze information from a variety of sources, create a bibliography, write a persuasive speech, and deliver their final draft to their classmates. This year, the speeches covered a broad range of topics and students looked in-depth into their subject matter.