Do you talk to friends? Take part in a school play? Write reports? Read books? Share your own photos and videos from your smart phone? If you do, you’re communicating! The world of communication impacts you every day. By participating in the 4-H Communication project, you will explore the exciting world of communication, and learn more about yourself and others.
- Learn written, oral, and visual communication skills
- Develop self-confidence through public presentations
- Practice self-expression and creativity
- Learn how to organize and present information
Communications is open to all members enrolled in 4-H. It can be taken as a project or can be used in conjunction with any other project. There are three project area with in the communication arena: Presentations, Educational Displays and Videography. See the links to the menu on the right.
A presentation is a way to share information with others, to teach what you know or have learned. While there are many types of presentations, 4-H materials concentrate on these four: demonstrations, illustrated talks, public speeches, and impromptu speeches. Use the following resources to help you prepare your own presentation to give to your club, at school, in the community, or at a contest.
- Introduction to Presentations (211-200A)
- Types of Presentations (211-200B)
- Parts of a Presentation (211-200C)
- Steps in Planning a Presentation (211-200D)
- The Mechanics of Presenting (211-200E)
- Preparing and Using Visual Aids (211-200F)
- Top Ten Tips for a Successful Presentation (211-200G)
- A Primer on Presentations (211-200A-G) A compilation of the above materials
- Brainstorming Activity (211-005)
An educational display is a visual presentation of information. Displays are exhibited on their own without the 4-H member present. A good display will catch the viewer’s attention, arouse interest, stimulate thought, and motivate the viewer to learn more about the subject.
You may exhibit a display at your county contest. Top displays may advance to the State Fair competition.
Helpful Videos about Educational Displays
- Choosing a Subject for your Educational Display
- Choosing a Title for Your Educational Display
- Designing Your Educational Display
Videography is the making of videos or movies. It is a way to communicate a message through the thoughts and creativity of one person or a team of people. The following resources will give some background and basic information to get started in making a video.
- Making a Video(213-200A/Mar 2009) gives an overview of the entire process.
- Video Preproduction (213-200B/Mar 2009) covers the preproduction steps.
- Video Production (213-200C/Mar 2009) includes equipment and composition of the shots.
- Video Postproduction (213-200D/Mar 2009) covers editing and putting it all together.
Additional Materials and Resources
Portraits of Oregon: Youth Exploring Culture and Community Kit focuses on documentaries (available for checkout from the state 4-H office)
The Virtual 4-H Filmmaking Studio & Workshop has lots of online instruction and examples.
This website is listed for educational purposes and does constitute endorsement of any products they sell. Additional commercial and informational sites may be found by using "making videos", "kids making videos" or similar words in a web search engine.
Kids'Vid is an educational website providing basic instruction and an online storyboard tool. There are examples of several types of videos including animation in the theatre section.
Some counties may have additional opportunities in Communications such as journalism, Junior Toastmasters, or others.
Creative writing is writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way. The writer gets to express feelings and emotions instead of just presenting the facts. Resources for writing Short Stories, Poetry and Blogs are coming soon