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Here are some lessons for a Speech Unit

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

 

Title – Speech Unit
By – John Carino
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12
Note: This unit plan has a copy of my current syllabus in which I have integrated grammar and vocabulary lessons into my speech unit. You needn’t do the same.

JC

Objectives:

Students will use appropriate nonverbal cues such as eye contact and gestures in their speeches.
Students will create a speech that narrates, amuses, or persuades.
The class will create a supportive environment for beginning public speakers.
(Grammar lessons are taught concurrently and are small and self-contained)

Impromptu speeches are small and unrehearsed. These are used for practice. (2-4 per day)
Speeches are prepared and scheduled. They will be given written and verbal feedback.

Sample Schedule

(M) 1/ 28          Present project
                    Model speeches (I prepare two, one humorous and one serious)

                    Brainstorm ideas

(Tu) 1 / 29          Nonverbal communication
                    Improvisation activity (Improv involves random selection of student and topic in a non- threatening manner)

(W) 1 / 30           Impromptu practice
                    Prepare speeches
Grammar lessons (parts of speech)

(Th) 1 / 31           Impromptu practice
                    Grammar lessons

(F) 2 / 1          Vocabulary Lesson 14
                    Final speech prep
                    Grammar lessons

(M) 2 / 4 First group of scheduled speeches (4-5 per day)
                     Grammar lesson (parts of speech cont’d)

(Tu) 2 / 5 Second group of scheduled speeches (4-5 per day)
                     Grammar lesson (review).

(W) 2 / 6          Third group of scheduled speeches
                    Grammar review (if needed)
                    Vocab. Review lesson 14

(Th) 2 / 7          Fourth group of schedule speeches
                    Vocab. review

(F) 2 / 8 Last group of speeches (make-up speeches on Monday)
                     Quiz voc 14 / new words 15

Prepared speech assignment

We will be learning about three types of short speeches: persuasive, narrative, and informative.
Choose one of these three and create a short (3-6 minute) speech.

We will practice this week, using impromptu activities and direct instruction in the finer points of public speaking.

1. Choose one of the following speech topics:

Persuasive Offer a clear and convincing opinion about a social or political issue. Use strong and specific examples to prove your point.

          Informative Explain a process, activity, pastime, sport, hobby, or field of study upon which you are a relative expert. Choose something that you are passionate about. This speech is the “grown-up” version of “show and tell.”

Narrative Tell a story about an influential event in your life. A narrative should revolve around a central theme or forceful conviction.

2. Create a speech and be ready on your scheduled day.

Changes in the schedule may only be made for EMERGENCIES and with parental permission. Rescheculed speeches are done on Monday, February 11th.

A “no-show” without prior warning results in a zero for the project and a call home.

Negative attitude or the slightest creation of an uncomfortable environment for public speaking will result in a call home, a reduction in grade for your own speech, and an office referral.

Your speech may be extemporaneous (you may use a note card). Do not hide behind it!

3. Grading

30 – Presentation (we will work on these)
–eye contact
–open body language
–clear speaking voice

30 – Content

–topic choice
–central point (same as thesis statement)
–use of specifics

40 – Format
–speech is within our 3-6 limit time constraints
–content ties to one of the three types of speech
–content is audience-appropriate

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