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Check out this overview of the parts of speech that includes English and Spanish examples. Each part of speech is highlighted in a different color for clarity. There is information on each part of speech here, and you or your pupils can navigate the to each one using the menu near the top of the page. Consider splitting up the material over several lessons.
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 activity.
Practice all of the parts of speech with a pair of review exercises. The first exercise focuses on identification and asks pupils to note down the part of speech of all the underlined words. The second exercise is similar to a Mad Lib™ and includes many spaces to fill in. Class members can get a little silly while they fill in action verbs, prepositional phrases, and the occasional amusing phrase in a foreign language.
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.
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.
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.
Learners determine the procedures for making a persuasive speech. In this persuasive speech lesson, students discuss the skills that are needed to persuade someone. They examine proper body language, speech, and syntax for giving a persuasive speech before they deliver a six to eight minute speech on a topic from the list provided by the teacher.
Students can learn speech writing skills and analyze famous speeches with these activities.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore the U.S. Constitution. In this First Amendment lesson, students examine Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech" and analyze the five freedoms listed in the amendment.
Students weigh rights of students and others to free speech versus the responsibilities that come with those rights.
Kids age 13 and older are asked to read the provided Times article and background information in order to construct a thoughtful blog response to Obama's first Oval Office speech. They work to address each of the related critical thinking questions as they respond to Obama's reactions to the Gulf oil spill.
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. 
Add a kinesthetic twist to your next instructional activity on the parts of speech. Kids in grades four through seven complete a variety of physical actions each time they hear a verb, noun, adjective, or pronoun. You read any sentence and then kids listen for the parts of speech you have prompted. Every time they hear that part of speech, they must perform the action indicated at the beginning of the instructional activity. For example: They need to hop every time they hear a verb and touch their heads every time they hear a noun. Clever!
Students examine the characteristics of an informative speech. In this informative speech lesson, students create a framework for their informative speech using the given website. Students also read and use the tips for preparing and using visual aids.
Students are introduced to the various parts of speech. Using construction paper, they make their own parts of speech staircase and use markers to write the different parts of speech on different flaps. To end the lesson, they write the function of the parts of speech on the back of the same flap.
Test students' knowledge of parts of speech and sentence types with this 37 question multiple choice and matching quiz. Multiple choice questions provide examples that must be labeled as the correct part of speech or sentence type. The matching section provides definitions of parts of speech and sentence types that need to be matched to the correct term. Answers are not available for this exercise.
Students examine the nature and limits of the Constitutional right to freedom of speech. They read and analyze the First Amendment, discuss various case studies, and research and record their own opinion on discussion questions.

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