Crafting Our Speeches (Day 1 of 2)

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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!


10 minutes

We will start class with ten minutes of reading time. I will read with the students during this time.

Speech Requirements

10 minutes

Now that we've had time in the library (and a day off to regather our thinking), it is time for my students to start putting together their final speeches.

To make sure they are headed in the right direction as they begin their drafting, I will take time to review the rubric with them. I will allow students to ask questions about process or requirements as we go through this document so they are clear about how they can be successful with the assessment.

I think it is really important to give students rubrics that are in language they can understand. I also think it is really important to spend time reviewing rubrics so there are no surprises for students when they come to a summative assessment.


Elements of Formal Speaking

10 minutes

Once we've reviewed the grading criteria for their final speeches, I will spend a little time talking through things to think about when crafting and practicing their speeches. I will talk about the key elements of a formal speech and things to think about when preparing to deliver their own speeches.

As we go through these slides, I will ask them to brainstorm with me about what we have seen in the sample speeches and TED talks that we've reviewed so far that demonstrate each of the elements we are discussing (SL.9-10.1)

Speech Review: TED Talks Part Two

25 minutes

After we've talked nuts and bolts, it only seems appropriate to analyze speeches for the elements of formal speaking as well (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.3).  We will watch three TED talks in the time that is remaining:

As we listen to/watch these speeches, I will ask students to pay specific attention to the techniques the speakers use to draw their audience in (their hook) and how they tie their ideas up at the end (their conclusions).

We will discuss each speech briefly after they watch. I will ask the students to comment on their observations about the hook and conclusion as well as any other unique techniques they noticed.

I chose these speeches for those unique somethings. The Huffington speech utilizes personal pronouns that draw the audience into the topic. The Church speech shows how clothing, setting or objects can be used to convey an idea. The Luna speech shows how anecdote can be used effectively. This close study will hopefully help them to see the relationship between language and presentation style (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.3) so that they can apply this thinking/design to their own drafting process.