Students will develop basic public speaking skills, creativity, and cooperative learning skills.
Teach This Lesson
- Present a persuasive speech
- Organize information in a keyword/phrase outline
- Develop public speaking skills
- Sample List of Speech Topics printable
- Notebook paper and note cards
- Optional: Podium
- Make a class set of the Sample List of Speech Topics printable.
- On the day speeches are to be presented, have the speaking order listed on the board or posted somewhere so that all students can see it.
- Have a sample speech ready to present so your students get a clear picture of how it should be done.
Step 1: Distribute the Sample List of Speech Topics printable and notebook paper to each student. Invite them each to choose five topics from the list. (It's fine if some students choose the same topics.) Explain that they will prepare 45-second speeches on each of the five topics, but that they will only present two of them. The two they present will be chosen by the teacher right before the presentation.
Step 2: Have students use their notebook paper to brainstorm ideas and arguments that support their side of each topic. Explain that since they'll be speaking for at least 45 seconds, they must have something to say. (Forty-five seconds of speechmaking is more than they think! Consider having the students time you as you read the Gettysburg Address aloud.)
Step 3: Distribute the note cards for the students' key word or phrase outlines. Explain that only the note cards will go with them to the podium, NOT the notebook papers. Also explain that preparation is part of the overall speech grade. I allow students to bring a total of five note cards to the podium on speech day.
Step 1: Collect all notebook papers used for brainstorming. Distribute the Peer Critique Rubrics page from the Sample List of Speech Topics printable and explain how they should be used. Explain that after every speech, students should pass the rubrics to the person who was being scored. Everyone should hold onto their personal feedback rubrics.
Step 2: Present your sample speech to your students to give them a clear picture of how it should be done.
Step 3: Now it's time for students to present their speeches. During the speeches, you and the students in the audience are filling out feedback rubrics. Collect the note cards after every speech.
Step 1: Distribute your teacher feedback rubrics to individual students. Invite everyone to review their personal feedback rubrics from the teacher and the other students. Have students write a short passage on how they feel they did and how they could improve their speech, based on feedback from you and their classmates.
Invite students to take the Sample List of Speech Topics printable home and ask family members which side of each topic they would choose and why. Students can use this information to strengthen the arguments they are preparing to present in class.
- Brainstorm supporting ideas and arguments for the five either/or speech topics.
- Create keyword/phrase outlines.
- Present speeches.
- Complete Peer Critique Rubrics.
- Write a self-improvement reflection.
- Did you see student improvement in the skills on the rubric?
- Did you provide a successful sample speech?
- Did you return graded feedback sheets the day after the speeches were delivered?
- Did the speeches meet your expectations in terms of persuasion?
- Did the majority of students meet the time requirement?
- Are the students improving upon the skills listed on the rubric?
- Are the students becoming more at ease in front of an audience?