From Unit Plan: Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speeches

Use the following professional resources to help your students learn how to deliver effective oral presentations.

325 Creative Prompts for Personal Journals
by J.A. Senn; illustrated by Mona Mark

Here are 325 answers to "What is there to write about?" This wide array of fresh journal-writing ideas is guaranteed to spark students' creativity and get their pencils moving.

Classroom Tip: Use these writing prompts as topics for impromptu speeches. Type or write on small index cards for your students to use.

50 Debate Prompts for Kids: Reproducible Debate Sheets Complete With Background and Pro/Con Points That Get Kids Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Thinking About the Topics That Spark Their Interest
by Patrick Daley, Michael S. Dahlie

Should students get paid for attending school? Is year-round school a good thing? If you find $100, is it yours to keep? Here are 50 topics students will want to talk and write about. Each debate includes pro and con points, as well as discussion questions to encourage students to explore both sides of the issue.

Classroom Tip: A great resource to help you prepare for the culminating activity "The Great Debate."

350 Fabulous Writing Prompts: Thought-Provoking Springboards for Creative, Expository, and Journal Writing
by Jacqueline Sweeney

Looking for original ways to motivate reluctant writers? This collection provides creative, engaging, thought-provoking prompts for every day of the school year.

Classroom Tip: More prompts to spark a great impromptu speech and/or debate.

Oral Presentations Made Easy! Super Strategies and Warm-Ups That Help Kids Write and Give Effective Speeches and Presentations and Communicate With Confidence
by Bob Barlow

Help your students look forward to public speaking. With fun and playful warm-ups, strategies that guide kids through the process of creating a super speech, an anti-stage fright checklist, and more, this book has all the tools you will need.

Classroom Tip: This is the primary resource I use while teaching this unit. Much of this unit's content was based on the ideas within this fabulous professional book. When/if you have a copy, use the fantastic 6 Steps to a Spectacular Speech! poster found between pages 32-33 as you guide your students through the speech writing process. You will find student pages for each of the 6 steps as well.