Confident Public Speaking through Jackbox Games


    “We want to play Jackbox! We want to play Jackbox!” ~Prof. Valerie’s students



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    InstructorProf. Valerie Frankel
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 2:00 - 2:50 PM Pacific - See below for webinar dates

    Okay, you asked for it and you got it—a Jackbox class. In fact, these 20-40 minute party games can improve many skills. Some focus on giving quick, witty answers, while others use reasoning, problem solving, and writing skills.

    You might have to write a rap in three minutes, or cleverly apply for a job with hilariously limited word choice. We’ll do some of all this, while focusing on public speaking. Everyone will get a turn to present their crazy inventions in Patently Stupid, clever jokes in Joke Boat, and spontaneous lectures in Talking Points.

    In a supportive environment, everyone will share aloud on their turn to bring their wacky ideas to life. We’ll laugh and laugh.

    If you’re quiet in classes, or have nothing to say or feel like you never get a chance to talk, here’s the platform for you…

    Course Webinar Dates:

    • Wednesday, May 29
    • Wednesday, June 5
    • Wednesday, June 12
    • Wednesday, June 19
    • Wednesday, June 26
    • Wednesday, July 3
    • Wednesday, July 10
    • Wednesday, July 17

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Class discussion topics
    • Related articles to read
    • Self evaluations
    • Creative responses or similar activities
    • Construction of games as homework activity

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Recommended readings and activities to practice skills
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add understanding on public speaking and presentation

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • An entire class of gameplaying with helpful suggestions from the teacher to improve public speaking and related skills.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) is encouraged.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Type fluently.
    • Write a paragraph independently.
    • Have a working microphone

    Students should be willing to:

    • Write game questions and answer discussion topics for regular homework.
    • Speak on their turn and offer supportive comments the rest of the time.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas/humor in the chat window during the webinar.

    Required books & materials:

    • None (The teacher’s copy of Jackbox 1-9 only requires players to have an internet browser.)