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Persuasive Speeches and Essays: From Organization to Presentation
Use Inspiration software to develop a persuasive essay. After prewriting and completing preliminary research, young learners use the Outline View and Presentation Manager tools to organize work. If you do not have Inspiration software, a thirty-day trial can be downloaded. The steps given are applicable to any essay and can be done without the software as well. Give your class a clear directive for writing, helping to ease the complications they may come across.
Inspiration: Persuasive Speeches and Essays
Persuasive writing is going digital! Designed to guide learners through the writing process using Inspiration Software, this persuasive speech and writing lesson quells public speaking jitters by ensuring learners truly are prepared. Starting with a pre-made template, show pupils how they can include all necessary components simply by filling in the sections. Pre-made examples make modeling simple, and your orators can even create a visual presentation to accompany their speech!
Creating Oral Presentations Using Inspiration Software II
In the second of two sessions on creating oral presentations, pupils prepare a slide show to accompany their talk using Inspiration software. Find the first component of the project, in which class members diagram, map, and outline their presentations, at the Inspiration website.
Schools of the Past and Present
First graders take a look at schools of the past and present, and try to conjure an idea of what schools of the future will look like. After taking a walk around their own school and taking note of the buildings and the things that are happening there, they go back to class and look at photographs and paintings which depict schools and schoolchildren from over 100 years ago. Each pupil constructs some sentences about schools of the past, present, and future. This rather ambitious lesson for first graders might best be done toward the end of the school year.
A "Clear and Present Danger"
Young scholars define what is meant by clear and present danger. In this First Amendment lesson plan, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the Sedition Act of 1798. Young scholars consider the constitutionality of the act and dicuss that contitutes "clear and present danger".
Young scholars write, edit, and present an informative speech using visual aids on the topic of government. They write four quiz questions for the class to answer after listening to their speech. Student discuss the speeches and offer suggestions to each speech giver.
Learners deliver a short speech without preparation. Students practice quick-thinking skills by making the speech and evaluating classmates.
In this reported speech worksheeet, learners note the difference between reported speech and quoted speech. Rules for tense usage are also given.
Speech: Skill, Process, Practice
Learners examine the characteristics of an informative speech. In this informative speech lesson plan, students create a framework for their informative speech using the given website. Learners also read and use the tips for preparing and using visual aids.
Using Obama's Speeches to Teach Word Stress
Students listen to President Obama's speeches to learn and listen for word stress. In this word stress lesson plan, students also practice stressing important words on their own.
Figures of Speech: Poetry of Alice Walker
Define figures of speech with your high schoolers. They listen to you read aloud the Alice Walker poem "Did This Happen to Your Mother? Did Your Sister Throw Up a Lot?" Then they identify and analyze any figures of speech found in the reading. An essay writing prompt and a rubric are included. Designed for use with Texas Instruments learning tools, but it is easily usable with no such technology.
New! Characterization and Nonfiction: Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?"
What does a speech reveal about the speaker? Pupils explore this question and more as they conduct a close reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. Class members activate a series of skills related to the Common Core as they analyze the text, including citing textual evidence, writing analytical commentary, using research skills, and executing a questioning strategy.
New! Challenging Stereotypes: A New Look at Old Age
Combine a lesson on the elderly with grammar instruction. Before viewing a series of provided video clips, class members brainstorm a list of words related to senior citizens and organize these words into categories that correspond with the parts of speech. After viewing the clips, discuss stereotypes and send pupils off to write news reports with a focus on adjectives. Extension ideas are included.
Advanced 5: Evaluating Credibility of Sources
How do discerning readers determine bias and credibility? Ask small groups to figure it out! First, each group is provided with either articles or videos that contain bias. They examine the resources, respond to included questions, and then share their findings with the class. After presenting, groups participate in a jigsaw activity for which they read and discuss articles about credibility and then share with a mixed group. Learners apply this new knowledge to their own research projects. What is credible and why? Included in the plan are several articles to read for bias and a long list of articles that pupils can read in their jigsaw groups.
The Case Against "Good" and "Bad"
Good and bad are put on trial for covering up the truth with vague descriptions. How dare they lie like that! See if the presenter can convince your class to ban these words and replace them with more precise, descriptive, and trustworthy vocabulary. The narrator uses colorful words to demonstrate her point, which are in turn illustrated and animated to reflect the meaning of each word. The resource also includes additional questions and lesson ideas accessible through the menu on the right.
Symbols and Words of Hate
“Learning to discuss. . . controversial topics in an open and respectful way is a key to ensuring a healthy classroom, school, and community.” Guided by this principle, this resource is structured with a series of exercises that asks class members to explore hate symbols and hate speech. Learners look at the historical significance and harmful effects of these words and symbols, examine the First Amendment and consider how it should apply, and set ground rules for discussing controversial topics “in an open and respectful way.”
Elements of Style: Literary Devices
How does an author develop his or her personal writing style? This presentation starts by looking at E.E. Cummings and some of his most notable works. As an author with a lot of style, he's the perfect example! Then, terms such as figurative language, symbol, irony, and imagery (among others) are defined and examples are given. Several practice opportunities are also provided.
New! “The Story of an Hour”: Extension Activities
Enhance and extend instruction of "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin with one or all of these ideas. You might want to cover characterization and summary, or improve understanding of context clues and irony. You can cover any combination of those topics and skills with the activities, presentations, worksheets, and other additional materials included here.
Organizing Effective Speeches
Seventh graders deliver an informational speech. In this public speaking lesson, 7th graders prepare, write, and deliver an effective speech using visual aids. Lesson includes ready-to-print attachments. Differentiated support and extension activities are suggested.
SPEECHES TO INTRODUCE
Pupils create multimedia speeches of introduction which focus on women and Hispanics. They introduce their famous person and, using a video camera, video tape their speeches.