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Effective communication drives all aspects of day-to-day life. You’ll learn how we communicate, learn different modes of communications, and strengthen your own communication skills. Learn active listening, conflict resolution, social media, and digital storytelling among other skills.

Communications 1

In level 1, learn about active learning, communication preferences, aggressive communication, visual aids, making introductions, and letter writing.

Communications 2

In level 2, learn about conflict resolution, communicating in social media, understanding cultural differences, writing press releases and speeches, and working in communication careers.

Communications 3

In level 3, learn about electronic communication, evaluate advertisements, write resumes and cover letters, and become a digital storyteller.

Creative Writing

Find the writer in you! Find inspiration for writing, develop a theme, create a plot using SWBS, and develop main characters.

Journalism

Learn about the different types of news, explore careers in journalism, gather news and write different kinds of news stories, and compare the difference between opinion pieces, photo journalism, and news stories.

Public SPEAKING

Youth learn to speak with confidence. The introductory manual is intended for youth with little or no public speaking experience. More advanced speakers may wish to download the advanced guides.

Resources to help you learn

  • Communications Module 1
  • Communications Module 2
  • Communications Module 3
  • The Writer in You 
  • Journalism
  • Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking Made Easy
  • Advanced speaking guides are listed in the resources below including: 
    • Demonstrations
    • Extempore Speaking
    • Formal Speech
    • Illustrated Speech
    • Master of Ceremonies
    • Oral Interpretation
    • Original Works

Suggested County Exhibit Rules

Communications 1

For 1st year enrolled in project: Exhibit a binder portfolio showcasing at least three activities from the project manual. Show basic activities and anything that extended lessons. For 2nd and 3rd years in project: Include everything from earlier years’ work and add section showcasing at least four additional activities per year.

Communications 2

For 1st year enrolled in project: Exhibit a binder portfolio showcasing at least three activities from the project manual. Show basic activities and anything that extended lessons. For 2nd and 3rd years in project: Include everything from earlier years’ work and add section showcasing at least four additional activities per year.

Communications 3

For 1st year enrolled in project: Exhibit a binder portfolio showcasing at least three activities from the project manual. Show basic activities and anything that extended lessons. For 2nd and 3rd years in project: Include everything from earlier years’ work and add section showcasing at least four additional activities per year.

Creative Writing

To provide the best learning experience, it is suggested that counties receive submissions in this class prior to the exhibition date to allow a judge adequate time to read the submissions and provide meaningful review. Each member may submit only one entry per class. Each entry is to be typewritten on 8 ½ x 11 paper and include exhibitors name. Entries must be original and written for the 4-H project. Stories should be double-spaced. Poems may be single-spaced.

  • Rhymed Poetry – An interpretation of a subject in rhymed verse. Submit a collection of three poems.
  • Free Style Poetry– An interpretation of a subject in unrhymed verse. Submit a collection of three poems.
  • Short Story– A fiction piece comprised of three basic elements: a theme, a plot and characters. Submit one story, maximum length –2,000 words.
  • Essay– A short nonfiction composition in which a theme is developed or an idea is expressed. Submit one essay, maximum length –500 words.
  • Feature Story -- Nonfiction human-interest story judged on interest to readers, writing style, readability, and thoroughness of coverage. Submit one story, maximum length –1,000 words.

Journalism

Exhibit a binder portfolio showing the results of the appropriate year’s activities noted below:

  • Year 1: Accomplishments of a minimum of 5, 2-star activities from Part 1, answering all of the questions in the activities.
  • Year 2: Results of doing a minimum of 5, 2-star activities in Part 2, answering all the questions in the activities.
  • Year 3: Results of doing a minimum of 5, 3-star activities from Parts 1 and 2. One of the activities must include writing an advance story, a follow-up story, or a feature story.
  • Year 4: Results of doing at least 2, 2-star activities and 3, 3-star activities from Part 3. If the activities include making an audio or videotape, State Fair will provide a way for the judge to view or listen to it.

Communications Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Communications project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.

COMMUNICATIONS: PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

  • Formal Speech: Formal Speeches (without props, costume, or aids) must be between 4-6 minutes in length and done by an individual member. Formal speeches provide information to the audience. Note cards are not considered a prop or visual aid and are allowed in this class.
  • Illustrated Speech: Illustrated Speeches (with any type of visual aids) must be between 4-6 minutes in length and done by an individual member.
  • Original Works: May be done by an individual or a team of no more than three members. Member may present any type of original works (i.e. comedy, storytelling, original poetry, radio segment, etc.) Works must have been written by one of the members. Segment must be between 4-6 minutes in length. Original works presentations are designed to entertain an audience. “Costume” attire is allowed to enhance the presentation.
  • Oral Interpretation: May be humorous or dramatic interpretation, oratorical declamation, prose reading or verse reading. Material may be read or memorized. May be done by an individual or a team of no more than three members. Musical presentations are not appropriate for this class. Interpretation must be between 4-6 minutes in length. “Costume” attire is allowed to enhance the presentation.