Fundamentals of English Composition & Public Speaking (10-11)

5th & 6th : Fundamentals of English Composition and Public Speaking

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

Students will dive into a world of exhilaration and wonder as this course offers multisensory approaches to expanding their own communication skills.  Who knew that slime, face painting, live insects and balloon games could be foundational tools for the student to develop confidence in structuring their approach to effective communication, both written and oral?  Expanding upon the student’s foundation in grammar, syntax, and punctuation, this course offers guided instruction toward effective essay organization and clear and concise composition construction. Vocabulary is strongly emphasized.  Students will learn to transition their written compositions to public communications through presentation experience with an emphasis on speech construction, communication theory, and performance skills. Students will gain confidence and self-esteem through practicing a variety of interpersonal communications in a small group setting.   

Assessment:  Alternate formative assessment only.

Cost: $150 (All materials included.)



Kimberly Okvist is a published author and motivated instructor with a profound devotion to educating young minds.  After completing an intensive workshop on English Writing and Communication at Rhodes College, Mrs. Okvist went on to receive her BA in English from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on classics and technical writing.  She furthered her academic writing career as an editor for the American Indian Law Review and advanced her professional communication skills through her study of law and debate. Mrs. Okvist received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with specialty in Education Law and certification in Federal Indian Law.  After working in the legal field for some time, Mrs. Okvist was hired as an Associate Professor at St. Gregory’s University. She primarily taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in English Grammar, Professional Communication, and Business Law. Mrs. Okvist also taught Latin I, Latin II, Catholicism I and Catholicism III at Mount St. Mary’s High School.  Mrs. Okvist co-authored the book Reading and Language Development (2005) and some of her compositions include: A Figurative Voyage: A Reflection of Socio-Economic Hierarchy as Narrated in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Canterbury Tales (2003); A Disabled Student’s Constitutional Right to Home-School (2006); Alternative Dispute Resolutions among Indigenous Tribes of Australia, United States and Canada (2007); “Walt Whitman: From Transcendentalist to Patriotic Poet” (2003); “What is Life? The Human Genome Project” (2002).

Allen and Kimberly Okvist have 6 children and have been FSSP parishioners for over 10 years.  Mrs. Okvist is an avid supporter of homeschooling and she has experienced the journey of homeschooling with several of her children.  The Okvists moved to Minnesota a few years ago and are adjusting to life here in the north. Mrs. Okvist is the Latin teacher at Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School.