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The “Don’t Say Uh Game” is a fun way for students to practice their speaking skills


Language Arts  


6, 7, 8, 9  

Title – The Don’t Say `Uh` Game
By – Ms. Washington
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 6-9 or Resource English
Goal: To increase vocabulary and verbal communication skills.

Objective(s): TLW increase verbal communication skills. TLW increase public speaking skills.

Gain Attention: The Teacher will demonstrate the lesson by pulling a subject from the hat and speaking for 30 seconds or 1 minute, without saying “Uh”.

Relate to Prior Learning: Use the vocabulary words from the previous weeks lesson as the word bank list.

Procedure: The teacher will place colored note cards inside a bag or “funny” hat. The teacher will explain the lesson to students and give each student a word bank list. The teacher will instruct the students to review the word bank list. The teacher will allow each student to pull a note card from the hat.

Independent Practice: The teacher will give the students 5 to 10 minutes to think about the subject on their note cards and incorporate their vocabulary words.

Assessment/Closure: The student will begin his/her informal speech using the vocabulary words in front of the teacher and peers. Sound simple enough? Well the catch is…. you can not say the word “Uh” more than 3 times! The student will be score by the panel of judges (peers) on (1)use of vocabulary words (2)3 or less “Uh’s” (3)originality.

Materials: colored index cards, vocabulary list, a “funny” hat or bag.

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