Reflection: Unit Planning How Did He Do That? Backwards Speech Design (Day 1 of 2) - Section 1: Overview of Unit


I am returning to this unit a few months later to write this reflection because, strangely, my collaborative team and I have been talking about it again. We are feeling the pinch of entering the last quarter of the school year a week or so behind where we were last year and we are beginning to think about how to tighten up our unit plans for next school year. 

This persuasive speech unit is always tricky. We work really hard to align all of our instruction with our Social Studies partners and this year, we've been just a little off. Part of this was our Persepolis unit at the beginning of the year, but part of it was also our speech unit, which we completely disconnected from the Social Studies content. 

It's really a catch 22. The students did much better having more freedom to choose their topics and their focus, but it felt like we were totally disconnected from what Social Studies was teaching during this time. Given the open ended nature of this unit, we could probably do it at the end of the year with our study of current world issues, but we are planning to do our debate with that unit and I think that is a better fit. Additionally, all four grades have a large, research-based unit like this and if we move our speech unit from 2nd quarter to a different time of the year, we risk not having access to the library for research. 

I guess this is all to say that we aren't sure where the best fit is for the speeches and we are going to have to think about it with more detail next fall. 

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How Did He Do That? Backwards Speech Design (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 7: Argument: Persuasive Speaking and Rhetorical Anlaysis
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT evaluate a speaker's use of rhetoric by listening to persuasive speaking from a variety of presenters.

Big Idea: Effective speaking requires effective planning and organization. Before we craft our own speeches, let's figure out how others have planned theirs.

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