1 - The student demonstrates a knowledge of communication.
1.A - recognize and explain the importance of communication in social, academic, civic, and professional roles;
1.B - identify the related components of the communication process;
1.C - identify standards of making communication choices considering appropriateness for self, listener, occasion, and task;
1.D - identify characteristics of oral language and analyze standards for using oral language appropriately;
1.E - identify the importance of using appropriate nonverbal communication;
1.F - identify and explain the components of listening process;
1.G - identify the kinds of listening and analyze skills related to each type;
1.H - analyze how perception of self and others affects communication;
1.I - analyze and develop techniques and strategies for building self-confidence and reducing communication apprehension;
1.J - identify and explain factors that influence communication decisions such as knowledge, attitudes, and culture; and
1.K - explain the importance of assuming responsibility for communication decisions.
2 - The student develops skills for expressing and responding appropriately in a variety of situations.
2.A - use appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication skills in interpersonal situations;
2.B - use reflective empathic listening skills to respond appropriately in interpersonal situations;
2.C - explain the importance of using tact, courtesy, and assertiveness appropriately in interpersonal situations;
2.D - identify kinds of groups and analyze basic principles of group dynamics;
2.E - use appropriate communication skills in groups to make plans or accomplish goals;
2.F - use appropriate strategies for agreeing or disagreeing in interpersonal and group situations; and
2.G - prepare and present an oral statement on a topic of interest or concern.
3 - The student develops an understanding of social traditions.
3.A - identify the importance of social traditions and ceremonies in various contexts and cultures;
3.B - communicate appropriately in a variety of interpersonal social traditions, including making and acknowledging introductions and giving and accepting praise and criticism;
3.C - employ parliamentary procedure in a group meeting;
3.D - use effective techniques to prepare, organize, and present a speech for a special occasion; and
3.E - use appreciative and critical-listening skills to analyze, evaluate, and respond appropriately to class, public, or media.
4 - The student expresses and responds appropriately to informative messages.
4.A - research ideas and topics to acquire accurate information from a variety of primary, secondary, and technological sources;
4.B - use appropriate communication skills to request, provide, and respond to information in interpersonal conversations;
4.C - use appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills in interviews;
4.D - use appropriate information and effective critical-thinking skills in group decision-making and problem-solving processes;
4.E - plan and present an informative group discussion for an audience;
4.F - plan, research, organize, prepare, and present an informative speech;
4.G - rehearse speeches to gain command of ideas and information, reduce communication apprehension, develop confidence, and practice presentation skills;
4.H - use notes, manuscripts, rostrum, and visual and auditory aids appropriately in speeches;
4.I - use effective verbal and nonverbal communication in presenting informative speeches;
4.J - apply critical-listening skills to analyze, evaluate, and respond appropriately to informative group discussions and speeches; and
4.K - develop and use communication skills needed for academic achievement such as participating appropriately in class discussions, using active and critical-listening skills, and taking accurate notes.
5 - The student expresses and responds appropriately to persuasive messages.
5.A - recognize and develop skills for analyzing persuasive strategies such as propaganda devices and emotional appeals;
5.B - respond appropriately to persuasive messages in situations such as accepting or rejecting peer pressure and making or responding to requests;
5.C - plan, research, organize, prepare, and present a persuasive speech;
5.D - demonstrate persuasive skills in informal or formal argumentation, discussions, or debates; and
5.E - develop and use critical listening skills to analyze, evaluate, and respond appropriately to class, public, or media presentations.
6 - The student uses imagination and creativity to prepare and perform various types of literature.
6.A - use imagination to plan, organize, and tell stories;
6.B - use appropriate verbal and nonverbal skills to share stories;
6.C - select, analyze, adapt, interpret, and rehearse a variety of literary selections;
6.D - use effective group decision-making skills in group performances;
6.E - use appropriate verbal and nonverbal skills in individual or group interpretations of literature; and
6.F - use appreciative and critical-listening skills to respond appropriately to class, public, or media performances.