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The catalog description of SPC 337 reads like this: "The study of First Person Monologs as a form of pub!ic speaking. Research and development of an historical character/speaker for public presentation." Allow me to expand on this capsulized description. This course attempts to teach students the process of developing and delivering a public speech that some historical character of their choosing could have given at some point in that person/s life. Through a series of carefully planned assignments, one building upon the other, each student researches the life, character and times of a histor-ical figure: writes an original speech for that person; and delivers the speech as that person. Such a course is designed to give the student experience in historical research, writing and speaking style, perception and perspective, speechwriting, character-building, and, of course, public speaking. I approach this not as an acting course, but as a course in public speaking!


Presented for the Instructional Resources Division of the Central State Communication Association at its Annual Convention, Palmer House, Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 1991.



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