Life Skills

Presentation Skills: Improving Public Speaking and Making Good Presentations

In this course, students will make two US history presentations and will work to build skills in research, outlining, public speaking, and peer critiquing.
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will be able to improve their presentation skills by setting goals for themselves and pracitcing. Students will be able to find and select good resources for their presentations. Students will be able to create a useful outline that enhances their presentation. Students will be able to provide constructive peer critiques of their classmate's presentations. Students will be able to create good PowerPoint presentations. 
Students will have homework after each class. They are intended to take no more than 30 minutes to an hour, but some tasks may depend on how detailed your student is. Further, students may need more time to finish their PowerPoints, outlines, or research which will be in addition to the expected homework and will therefore require students to do more work time outside of class. As the class proceeds, it is likely that students will need to do more work beyond designated class work time. Homework for each class is as such: 
Class one: Send Ms. Lewis an email with a list of events you might want to present on. 
Class two: Read Britannica for your event. Make a list of five things you might want to include in your presentation. 
Class three: Finish research so you are prepared to make the presentation next time. 
Class four: Practice your part of the presentation out loud at least three times (one time or more should be with an audience).
Class five: Finish peer critique and email it to Ms. Lewis.
Class six: Choose a historical figure and email Ms. Lewis with your choice. 
Class seven: Finish presentation outline and send to Ms. Lewis. Practice for the presentation next class. 
Class Eight: Send Ms. Lewis your peer critique. 
Students will be sent peer critique forms to complete before each presentation. It is expected that they will fill them in during the presentation and send them to me afterward. Students will also be provided an outline format for both before and after they make their PowerPoint. Students will be expected to fill this out and send it to me as well. All necessary items will be sent by me, but they will be required to be successful in the class. Students can print them or complete them online. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Student's presentations will be assessed based on a rubric that focuses on their PowerPoint, their voice, their body language, their timing, and their historical accuracy. Students will be sent their rubric and their peer critique after both presentations with a written report of how they have done. Students will be given a letter grade at the end of the course. This will be based on their progress between the two presentations and how they did with the goals they set for themselves for the second presentation with a small emphasis on completion of homework. 
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be allowed to choose their own events and people to present on. History and people are far from perfect, so it is likely that with what and whom they choose, they will come across the complex, violent, and/or disturbing parts of history. If there are certain parts of history or people you would like for your student not to learn about, please let me know and I will guide them towards an event or person that precludes the things you are uncomfortable with. Additionally, I would recommend keeping an eye on what they are researching so that you can answer questions and discuss with your students what they might be learning about since the class will not focus on that heavily. 
Students will be using Encyclopedia Britannica to get basic information for their presentation. Students will then be asked to complete their own research on the internet or from books of their choosing based on the criteria set in class for distinguishing between good sources and bad sources. 


Olivia Lewis
Lives in the United States
Sparking creativity and curiosity one class at a time.
50 total reviews
70 completed classes

About Me

I am Olivia Lewis, a current Gonzaga University senior earning a Bachelors degree in history and certifications in secondary education.  I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was in the third grade when I had the opportunity to teach... 
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