Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speeches
- Grades: 9–12
- Brainstorm and decide upon a topic that is interesting to both the speaker and the audience.
- Research using traditional and non-traditional sources.
- Write and outline the body of the speech.
- Translate the speech into simple notes.
- Write an intriguing introduction and conclusion.
- Practice non-verbal cues, such as smiling, eye contact, gesturing, etc.
- Present a 1-3 minute impromptu speech.
- Deliver an extemporaneous speech for no more than ten minutes.
- Learn the four purposes of speeches: to inform, to persuade, to entertain, and for special occasions.
- Evaluate other speeches and provide positive feedback.
Lesson Plans for this Unit
The Great Debate
When you complete the unit, spend a class period or two allowing your students to apply their oral skills during a class debate. Instruct students to select a pertinent topic, create eight debate teams, provide time for teams to develop their arguments, and hold a "Great Debate."