Activities

1) Pair Share Intro

2) Narrative speech intro

3) By Whose Authority?

4) Why?  Warrants activity

5) Rhetoric of music activity

6) Rhetoric of political speech

7) Favorite Movie activity (could also be favorite TV activity)

8] Favorite song/favorite artist activity

9) Favorite communicator activity

10) Outside speaker critique

11) Speech example critiques

12) Local politics debate.  Small group political speeches

13) Summary/analysis activity

14) Midterm

15) Final

16) Ethics discussion

17) Skype/Webex/DimDim expert interview series with students (one could be based on personal insight and the other could be based on classroom vote)

18) Research project

19) Web tools project

20) Ideograph small group exercise

Discovery Based Exercises:

1) Do background research on a client

2) Do background research on a presentation.  Identity 3 quotes, 3 data points, and 3 interesting facts.  Create a theme or story concept.

3) Research: what makes great visual presentation (TED, Slideshare, and/or YouTube/Vimeo)

Scenario Based Exercises:

1) Crisis Communications: Three Mile Island 2010

2) Advocacy Group Pitch: Oceans

3) Pitch a Concept: Pitch a new book concept or create a book teaser deck

4) Start up Pitch: Based on ideas from Paul Graham of Y Combinator

5) Pitch Innovation or Organizational Change (education, technology, vision/tactics)

6) Pitch the Department/Provost

7) Pitch a Real Stakeholder (ad firm, pr firm, government)

8] Optional Pitches (Book pitch, Pick a vendor, or decide to use social technologies and make recommendation pitch)

9) Alternative Pitch and Presentation Categories (insert)

(Could frame similar to the Apprentice)

Overall these activities, including those listed on the blog are founded on the seven principles of best practice teaching, with a distinct focus on the first six:

• Small group activities
• Reading as thinking
• Representing-to-Learn
• Classroom workshop
• Authentic experiences
• Reflection assessment
• Integrative units

In addition, the classroom pedgogy actively acknowledges and incorporates recommended strategies and tactics to approach art and writing pedagogy.

*** Most activities meet 4 to 6 of Blooms 6 core pedagogical objectives: research-synthesis-collaboration-presentation-reflection, which is a big change and represents a paradigm shift from the banking model which typically only engages two at best (listening and memorization).

Creativity Exercises/Models
1) De Bono 7 Hats
2) Brainstorming
3) Freewriting
4) Design Thinking (IDEO)
5) Game Storming
6) Problem Re-think
7) Other Standford University based models

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