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Write an Inspirational Speech

Invite students to present their speeches to the class. Remind them to incorporate effective techniques in their delivery.

PROCESS:

  1. Download the text and audio of a famous speech.
  2. Make a copy of the text for each student or project the text for the class.
  3. Instruct students to read along as they listen to listen to the audio. Tell them to pay close attention to what the speaker says and how the speaker says it.
  4. Discuss the speech. Challenge students to identify the main message. Explore how the speaker used examples, metaphors, repetition, pacing and volume to keep listeners engaged.
  5. Direct students to select an issue that is important to them. Tell them to write a short speech expressing their views in a way that will captivate and engage others.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to present their speeches to the class. Remind them to incorporate effective techniques in their delivery.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Before students present, give them time to practice reading their speeches aloud. Encourage students to make audio recordings so they can effectively monitor their delivery. Tell students to pay close attention to how clearly they speak, the rate of their speech, and the fluidity of their delivery.

Grades 5-6:
Remind students to sequence their ideas logically and to include descriptive details that support their main ideas. Remind them to speak clearly and at an understandable pace when they deliver their speeches.

Grades 7-8:
Encourage students to maintain a clear focus as they write their speeches. Remind them to use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation when they deliver their speeches.

Grades 9-10:
Instruct student to include supporting evidence that clearly, concisely, and logically supports their views. Remind them to speak clearly when delivering their speeches.