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Students write and deliver a short persuasive speech using the POAM method. They also incorporate one of the three persuasive appeals into a written speech. Students apply what they have learned about persuasion and speech presentation to create their own speeches.
Nouns, verbs, pronouns...they're all covered here! This presentation gives a detailed look at each part of speech, but know that you cannott skip slides or start at any slide except for the first. Create a guide to keep your class focused and on track with the somewhat lengthy slide show.
Middle schoolers read and analyze Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union Address. They listen to recordings of speeches by F.D.R., answer discussion questions, and participate in a debate.
This is an excellent resource for US history classes, especially AP history. After learning some background on the Marshall Plan, the class, divided into two groups, researches opposing positions on this aid program. Groups read and analyze primary and secondary sources at school and home. They also formulate questions for the opposition to be used following each student's speech about the validity of the Marshall Plan.
Ninth graders consider issues in their school or community and take a position. For this persuasive writing lesson, 9th graders view and discuss letters to the editor and editorials from local newspapers. Students gather research and survey authoritative sources about and issue in order to write their own persuasive papers and then present them to the class.
Students examine Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech. In this American history lesson, students analyze FDR's 1941 State of the Union Address in order to examine the scope and meaning of freedom.
Advance the comprehension of the classical appeals of rhetoric through the speeches of Winston Churchill and FDR. Learners read, annotate, analyze the speeches by the men, and use a graphic organizer to track the use of ethos, pathos, and logos. A great Prezi presentation included explains and models the use of ethos, pathos, and logos. If you find that World War II does not match your curriculum, any other speech, or informational text can be substituted and would work without a hitch.
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members will fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy, and George Wallace with small groups, share their findings using the jigsaw strategy, and wrap up with a poster project and individual writing. Materials, ideas for differentiation, and routines are included in this strong, collaborative, and focused Common Core designed lesson.
Defining and considering the affects of hate speech is the focus of a series of activities that encourage class members to develop approaches for dealing with hate speech both online and offline. Groups act as mediation committees and create guidelines for creating a safer school environment.
New to presentation software? Whether used as a teacher resource or to inspire your class, the step-by-step procedures detailed by a tutorial from Inspiration® software will insure top-flight slide presentations. Examples, illustrations, extensions and adaptations are included.
Critical thinkers consider how word choice in speeches impacts the meaning and effectiveness of the message being presented. They examine and respond to some of the speeches made at the 2004 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. (All materials are included here.) A great way to build critical listening skills.
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 activity, they complete a rubric for each speaker and offer constructive criticism.
Bring the year to a satisfying close by asking class members to reflect on the year in personalized graduation speeches.
Invite your class to investigate racism and civil rights by analyzing the great Dr. Martin Luther King's speech. Your learners will read the words from the "I Have a Dream" speech and analyze the political and racial overtones. They will define a jackdaw and create and present their own jackdaws in class. Note: a rubric assessment is included.
An examination of stump speeches, one of the most important components of a presidential campaign, is made possible by accessing The New York Times Learning Network. After closely examining the form and function of stump speeches, students write a stump speech – either for the candidate of their choice or for themselves.
Use Inspiration® software to plan and create effective and engaging oral presentations in any subject and for any topic. Learners focus on the basic elements of this software; next, they customize the presentation to fit their needs. Inspiration Software can be downloaded for free using a resource link included in this resource.
Research groups present an audio report on modern veteran issues in a radio show format.
Third graders take a look at how to use verbs in the present tense. They do this by acting out action verbs, (such as, running, jumping, etc.), writing down the verbs they acted out, using those words in written sentences, then playing a present-tense bingo game. The lesson plan is chock-full of terrific printable worksheets, useful websites, Bingo sheets, and game cards for the kids to use. It is extremely well-written, and has many educationally sound activites embedded in it.
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.
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.