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Quotation Response Speech: Public Speaking Skills
In order to polish their public speaking, class members select three personally relevant quotes from a list. They then write a 1-1.5 minute speech for each quote that explains its relevance to them. The teacher selects the speech that each person presents and provides note cards on which to record key ideas for help at the podium. Learners peer evaluate and reflect on the feedback to identify ways of improving.
Odyssey of the Mind Curriculum Activity: My Robot and Me
Robots and their interactions with their human counterparts are the catalyst for a fun writing lesson plan. First, the class brainstorms what they'd like to have their personal robot do or be capable of. Then, they each write a humorous story about life with their robot. Each child reads his story to the class in order to practice content delivery and public speaking skills. A class discussion about delivering humorous content follows student readings.
Quotation Response Speech
Sharpen your class's public speaking skills by explaining connections between a famous quotation and their own lives. High schoolers lengthen their speaking time, organize ideas in outline form, and complete rubrics for peer feedback and evaluation. They also write and present speeches, develop public speaking skills, and apply quotations to their personal lives or to the life of someone they know.
Either/Or Speech: Preparing Students for Public Speaking
Do your middle or high schoolers struggle with speaking confidently for a long period of time? Use this public speaking lesson to show them how to organize ideas properly in order to convey a message when speaking in front of others. They perform their either/or speeches and critique one another.
Julius Caesar--Speaking Ethically?
Students analyze Julius Caesar and research public speaking focusing on rhetorical devices. In this rhetorical devices activity, students research "public speaking" in Points of Vew Reference Center to find 3 articles related to the topic of public speaking and ethics. Students watch 3 video clips with sound bites of Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and the Kennedy/Nixon and develop a "reader's theatre" around one of the selections
Poems, Prayers, Promises, and Possibilities: The Music of Poetry
Twelfth graders express themselves through poetry. They discover the connection between their music and the music of poetry and hear their work and how the sound of a poem or an analytical paper improves their written work. They develop public speaking skills.
Delivering a Persuasive Speech
Students, by understanding appropriate public speaking techniques, explore how to prepare and deliver a persuasive speech.
Students formulate an impromptu speech about a given topic. In this public speaking instructional activity, students choose a topic from a deck of pre-written index cards and quickly present an impromptu speech. Students use a rubric to review the expectations of their speech.
Students examine how can technology be used as an asset in public speaking. They develop their public speaking skills through the use of a PowerPoint presentation and integrate animation into their presentation.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Grades 6-8
To gain a better understanding of Hispanic heritage and culture, as well as to build informational comprehension skill, learners explore facets of Hispanic American History. They engage in a class discussion, research three facts, and create a historical timeline. This lesson includes resource links, extension activities, and cross-curricular activity ideas.
Have your high schoolers practice their public speaking skills by writing an either/or speech. Individually, they complete an outline on what they want to discuss and give their speech to the class. To end the lesson, they complete a rubric for each speaker and offer constructive criticism.
Helping Homeschoolers: Speaking and Listening Skills
Develop speaking and listening skills through analysis, imitation, and technological assistance.
Using Truman Trivia as a Springboard to Research and Oral Presentation Skills
Students research Truman Library website and gather ten trivia facts. They prepare a short oral presentation on one of their questions, scoring each other on speaking and listening skills. Then they create a Truman campaign button.
Skill 10: Present to Groups
After a brief class discussion about public speaking, individuals complete a handout that asks them to reflect on the best and worst presentations they've seen. The extension activity involves students presenting to the class on a regular basis. There is also a development plan for improving this skill.
Debate: "Indoor Air vs. Outdoor Air Pollution: Which Is the More Serious Threat to Public Health?"
Students work in teams to synthesize their air, asthma, air contamination, and environmental health knowledge as well as additional research to represent a particular point of view persuasively. They create a handout and presentatin materials to help communicate this knowledge and point of view. Pupils use these materials, to practice public speaking to present their work.
Get your class comfortable with making speeches! Focusing on 45-second speeches, learners choose from a list of either/or topics and present two short speeches. Scholars brainstorm on notebook paper then create note cards to take with them. Everyone gets to do a little practice to prepare them for public speaking.
Use the theme of medical mystery to engage students in analyzing the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health. They will explore problem solving and mystery diseases as they practice and improve public speaking skills.
Students work together to complete an online Math Hunt that challenges their problem-solving skills and provides opportunities to further social studies or science understanding. They present their answers to the class and the processes used to get these solutions.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
Skill Building for Educational and Vocational Advancement
Over ten weeks, 8th graders refine their visions of future careers, develop skills needed to write resumes and business letters, and learn to make a strong impression at interviews. Three specific activities are included, but mostly the resource provides thorough background and justification for the relevance of the unit to 8th grade, explanation of the sequence of the unit, and ideas for nurturing relevant reading, writing, and oral communication skills.