Take a Deep Breath: Speech Delivery (Day 1 of 2)

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SWBAT present an argument clearly, concisely, and logically by delivering their final polished speeches.

Big Idea

Public speaking: the most relevant skill we teach in English Language Arts...and the scariest...

Setting Up the Day

5 minutes

Before we dive into our insane speech delivery schedule (we are trying to get through 15 a day!), I will try to calm my students' nerves a little by reminding them that all of their classmates are as nervous as they are.

I will also explain their listening requirements.

As they listen to their peers speeches, I will ask each student to write down the answers to the questions below on their own papers. We will use these observations/evaluations once all the speeches are done to review key elements of quality speech giving. This is also a great way to assess more than one standard (speaking and listening CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.3) over the two days of speech delivery.

  • Who is the speaker? (A good way to build classroom community--remind them that they need to know each other=)
  • What is the speaker's argument?
  • What rhetorical appeals did the speaker use? How?
  • What was the most effective aspect of their speech?

Speech Delivery

45 minutes

Students were assigned dates for speech delivery prior to the break. To keep with the random/fair order, I will roll dice to determine what order students go in.

Each student will have two to three minutes to deliver their speeches. I will time them and use a yellow paper to warn them that they have 15 seconds remaining.

I will assess students using the rubrics we worked with prior to the break. I will be watching them for their posture, vocal inflection and pacing. I will be listening to them for their content, argument and style all to assess them on standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.6.

Here is a clip of one of my students speaking:  Student Speech 1. Her speech is about her social media addictions, which is a timely and relevant topic for students across the country. 

Wrap up and Next Steps

5 minutes

Once we've gotten through the 15 students that are scheduled to give their speeches today, I will remind them of their reading homework from A Tale of Two Cities. I will also remind those students who have yet to go that they need to be ready to deliver their speeches tomorrow.