Reflection: Real World Applications Crafting Our Speeches (Day 1 of 2) - Section 4: Speech Review: TED Talks Part Two


I realized as I was formally writing up all my lesson plans that I use a lot of TED talks. While it gave me pause when I noticed this, upon reflection, I realized that it isn't such a bad thing.

Last year when we did this speech unit, we blended it into our reading of Tale of Two Cities so that we could try to overlap with Social Studies a little more closely. This year, we went rouge and decided to do it as a mini-unit totally disconnected from Social Studies. This has allowed me to provide way more real world examples of speaking and way more instruction on the process of evaluating what makes a speech good.

While I don't anticipate that all of my students will give TED talks someday (though that would be really cool), I feel like this resources is a great one to utilize to show students a wide variety of topics, formats and speaking methods. Hopefully being immersed in all these examples will make their speeches better when they actually deliver them.

  Why so many TED talks?
  Real World Applications: Why so many TED talks?
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Crafting Our Speeches (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 7: Argument: Persuasive Speaking and Rhetorical Anlaysis
Lesson 7 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze necessary elements of a effective speech by evaluate various speaker's strategies and methods.

Big Idea: As we begin the process of crafting our speeches, we must immerse ourselves in the study of effective speaking...from speeches about pennies, to speeches about's hoping great models will inspire us!

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