I started the lesson by explaining that it is important to use proper English when presenting information. Using proper English ensures you are understood by other English speakers. Next, I displayed a checklist of information that should be included in the speech. I read the written informational essay I had written as a model for students at each stage of the writing process. I showed students how to extract important facts to include in the speech. I started with the date and place of birth. I continued adding important events chronologically until the date of death. I also modeled using the correct past or present tense of verbs depending on whether the famous person was dead or alive.
Using the checklist, I reread my speech to ensure I had written in complete sentences with proper grammar.
Students used their completed essays about their famous person to write their speech. Each had a checklist of what to include. I walked around the room offering assistance as needed. If there were too many dates and achievements to include, I worked with the student to determine which were the most important by asking questions. Is it more important to tell where they attended college or that they won a Nobel Prize for Peace?
I informally assessed students using the checklist. I checked for usage of proper grammar, required facts, and sequence of events. Students’ speeches should consist of complete sentences that are understandable to the listener. Information should be factual and sequenced to help the audience travel through the life of their famous person.