This 12-week spring course for 9th-12th graders aims to introduce students to the art of memory and delivery with a view toward cultivating oratorical skills for use in theater and performance. Students will leave this course with the following:
- How to be more confident and calm when speaking in front of others
- How to read aloud with clarity and emphasis
- Effective habits for connecting with and memorizing lines
- Learn how to move from a “sing-songy” fake actor voice to an authentic and powerful expression of the truth in a play, poem, or speech.
- Learn how to calm and ground oneself before recitations and performances
- One Monologue or Soliloquy ready for auditions
- One poem ready for recitations or open mics
- One-on-one coaching and feedback
Jennifer R Patterson is a classical teacher, poet, and artist. Jennifer has taught humanities, logic, rhetoric, oratory/theater, and the fine arts since 2009. Jennifer has been writing and performing poetry for 26 years and engaged in other public speaking since 2011. Jennifer developed the Paideia Academics Oratory course, which students say is the best part of the Paideia experience to this day. Jennifer lives in North Carolina and enjoys spoken word poetry, fine cooking, collecting more books than she’ll ever read, and sauntering about in nature.
Note: Participants must procure the linked edition below and be one they can mark.
- Hamlet, by William Shakespeare Folgers Edition (ISBN 13: 978-1451669411) (Buy here)
- Paper and Printer for Printing Lines and Handouts from the Teacher
- Composition Notebook
- 1/2″ 3-ring binder
- A Variety of Writing Utensils (Different Colors)
DAY AND TIME
- 9th-12th Grade Students
- 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tuesdays (EST), March 4th – May 20th, 2024
- Live classes are recorded and posted online in Canvas. Students are welcome to participate live or asynchronously. However, only students attending live sessions will benefit from the live coaching. No live coaching will be offered outside of class time.
Note: After Enrolling in the Course, you will be able to download the welcome letter with the calendar, class Zoom link, and instructor contact information while waiting to be manually added to the course in Canvas.