This class is an introduction to public speaking wherein students will learn and develop fundamental communication skills. Students will engage in research and writing in addition to delivering the following types of formal speeches: informative, how-to, persuasive, impromptu, and extemporaneous. The Public Speaking course focuses on building skill and confidence, thinking critically, and communicating effectively. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a public forum debate and to perform a humorous or dramatic monologue. This is a graduation requirement for Altamont, but is also open to other students wishing to improve their public speaking skills. Open to students rising into ninth grade and up.