This lesson plan is one in a series of ninety-six Speaking and Listening lessons designed to teach lower-grade-level students (kindergarten and above) all about Public Speaking. This initial lesson looks at the importance of communication and is based on the premise that students will better appreciate the value of communicating well if they view it as a skill that impacts everyday life rather than an isolated ability used only on special occasions. In this lesson, students consider the various ways in which different animals communicate (sound, smell, touch, etc.) and how the human ability to use words in both written and verbal form enhances the power of human beings to make their lives more enjoyable. At the end of the lesson, each student illustrates a scene from his or her own life depicting a time when the ability to talk made life more enjoyable. The lesson is appropriate for CCSS standards that ask students to speak audibly; participate in conversations; ask and answer questions; describe familiar people, places and events; and ask and answer questions.