Public Speaking Prompts

PUBLIC SPEAKING PROMPTS- Please practice each night. 8-10 Students will be assessed every Thursday and Friday. 

September 2-4 
  • DESCRIBE THE PERFECT PET
  • WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH AN EXTRA PAIR OF LEGS?
  • GIVE A MOUTH WATER DESCRIPTION OF A DELICIOUS NEW VEGETABLE YOU HAVE GROWN IN YOUR ORGANIC GARDEN. 
September 8-12 - ARTIST AND ACAPELLA
  • find an appropriate song to sing acapella(no music at all)
  • provide a simple 45-60 presentation on your artist. Things to consider: Name of artist. Date of Birth. Date of Death: What style of music s/he performs? Any key achievements? 
  • Deliver in the 1st person: "I was born...I successfully achieved..."
  • Dressing up as your artist is optional 
  • email me the title of song WITH LYRICS by Monday, 8pm. Make sure your parents approve.
  • be ready to present and perform your song on Thursday or Friday.
  • YOUR ACAPELLA PERFORMANCE SHOULD BE 30-60 SECONDS LONG. YOU'LL SING AFTER YOUR DELIVERY ON YOUR ARTIST
  • USE THE CLASSROOM MICROPHONE FOR SINGING PURPOSES
  • NURSERY SONGS DON'T COUNT
September 15-25 - DANCE TO THE MUSIC -Visual and Physical Presentation
  • select a style of dance you're interested in
  • provide a simple 60 second presentation on your style of dance. Presentation should include: Name of dance. Origin and history of Dance. Costumes used for dance. Skills used for your dance.  What makes this dance interesting? What type of adjectives would you use to describe the dance? Pictures of your dance.
  • Use Google Presentation
  • Dressing up is optional
  • YOUR DANCE PERFORMANCE SHOULD BE 30-60 SECONDS LONG

September 29 - October 10  STEP INSIDE A CHARACTER'S SHOES
  • choose a character from the book you're reading in class
  • tell us about you as the character: 
  • who are you?
  • where are you from?
  • where do you live?
  • family?
  • friends?
  • what conflicts are in your life?
  • how old are you?
  • what do you look like?
  • Main personality traits?
  • dress up as your character.
  • act like your character.
  • speak like your character.
  • reenact a scene from your book that captures the essence of your character.
  • 1 minute for talking about you as the character.
  • 30-60 seconds for reenactment of a scene
  • props are recommended
CCS
  • Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
  • Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
NEWSCAST
  • Students will create their own newscast
  • Students will deliver news that's been going on the Peninsula community 
  • Students will include bits on local news, sports, arts and entertainment, and weather
  • Students will create power slides for each topic
  • Students will dress like a news anchor
  • Students will deliver appropriate news to their classmates. 
  • Sourceshttp://www.paloaltoonline.com/   and  http://www.almanacnews.com/
  • Students may sit in a chair or stand up
  • The students and I will look for creativity, smooth and rehearsed transitions, typed script, solid eye-contact and voice projection
  • Images used must be appropriate and connect to the specific topic. 
Oct. 27 - Nov. 6 Genius Hour Project
  • Students will work on their project 
  • There will be no new PS assignment until after the GH deliveries
Nov. 18th - Dec. 9th - Explorers Report

Students will work with a buddy to create an exciting explorer report. They'll be responsible for researching his life, writing a short report on him, and presenting it in a fun and creative manner. Here's what each pair needs to turn in by December 8th or 9th, 2014. Please don't turn it in binder form.

REQUIREMENTS

  • title page-typed, stick with times new roman, 14 size, name of Explorer, cool image, names of researchers, bottom of the page must be final due date(Dec. 4 or 5) - Page #1

  • a handwritten and colored illustration of the flag of the country the explorer represented - Page #2

  • a handwritten and colored map showing the route(s) the explorer took. Label the continents and oceans with a black fine sharpie - Page #3

  • 1/2-1 page biography written report based on the "Explorer Report Notes" sheets. USING YOUR OWN WORDS. USING YOUR OWN WORDS. USING YOUR OWN WORDS. Page #4

  • a bibliography-at least two sources, one of them must be from a book, typed using bibme.org. Page #5

  • a 3-5 minute creative presentation on their explorer. COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED BUT NOT OPTIONAL

  • Standard Powerpoint Presentations will not be ALLOWED

  • Presentations could be in the form of...
a. short skit
b. puppet show
c. video
d. interview
e. tell a story
f.  build a diorama
g. create a board game
h. other

List of Explorers
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Henry Hudson
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • John Cabot
  • Vasco de Balboa
  • Francisco Coronado
  • Hernando Cortes
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Samuel de Champlain 

January 5 - 16   Expository Report
Choose from one of the topics on the list. Give a 2 minute report using simple props and power slides. Costumes are optional. You may use note cards. 

  • What is podcasting?
  • How does a plane stay in the air?
  • How does acid rain affect our environment?
  • What is the history of pizza?
  • How to pack for a camping trip?
  • How to survive a trip to Disneyland?
  • What is the history of comic books?
I'll grade you on the following...
  • Strong introduction
  • Strong closer
  • 3-5 slides with facts and images
  • varied expression, eye contact, articulation, volume, and pacing
  • Bibliography
  • Organization
January 26 - February 6
Animal Report - Give a 3 minute report using simple, organized, and detailed power slides. Costumes are optional. You may use note cards(index) Each slide should represent a topic of your animals. 

http://www.sfzoo.org/
SLIDE 1: Original Title with clear picture of animal
SLIDE 2: Grabber Introduction
SLIDE 3: Where does the animal live?
SLIDE 4: How big is this animal from birth to full grown age?
SLIDE 5: What does your animal like to eat?
SLIDE 6:
SLIDE 7: Grabber conclusion
SLIDE 8: Bibliography: 3 books, 1 internet

February 9 - March 6
Animal Report-You're given another opportunity to give a stronger and more polished delivery. Costumes are optional. Please use note cards. Each slide should have bullet point notes on each topic. Insert 1-2 pictures per slide. You get up to 5 minutes to present.

SLIDE 1: Original Title with clear picture of animal
SLIDE 2: GRABBER INTRODUCTION
SLIDE 3: How does your animal move?
SLIDE 4: How big is this animal from birth to full grown age?
SLIDE 5: What does the animal eat? How does it eat?
SLIDE 6: Video 30 seconds or less
SLIDE 7: What is the animal's habitat?
SLIDE 8: How does the animal adapt to its habitat?
SLIDE 9: How does the animal communicate?
SLIDE 10: What are the animal's enemies?
SLIDE 11: Cool Facts
SLIDE 12: Conclusion
SLIDE 13: Bibliography, 5 books 1 internet

March 9 - 20 
Historical Book Report - You are to give an informational report on your historical fiction book. Costumes are highly encouraged. You may use note cards.

SLIDE 1: Title and Author of your book with image
SLIDE 2: GRABBER Introduction
SLIDE 3: What type of historical information is this book about?
SLIDE 4: What are some historical facts you learned while reading the book?
SLIDE 5: Are you liking the book? why or why not? give examples
SLIDE 6: How are you connecting to your main character? Give examples from the book and your own personal life.
SLIDE 7: Provide 3 quotes from the story that impressed you. Provide page # for each quote and tell us why that quote resonated with you.

March 23 - April 3 American Revolution (3-4 MINUTES)
Research a key person from the American Revolution, answer the questions below using powerful slides. BE CREATIVE

My person's name:
Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Where was the person born?
Where was the person living when the Revolution started?
Explain the person's beliefs:
Name two important things this person did.
How did the person affect the history of the United States?
Was he a Patriot or Loyalist?

April 27 - May 8 - Desert Island Albums
Persuasively tell us what 2 albums we should have by our side if we were stranded on a desert island. Express your strong opinions and support it with strong evidence.

Power Slides

Slide #1  Creative Title and Name
Slide #2  Attractive Opening: Introduction attracts and draws in the listener
Slide # 3 Audience I want to persuade...
Slide # 4 Thesis: Clearly states an opinion on the topic
Slide # 5 Artist and Album #1
Slide #6  Reason #1
Slide #7  Evidence #1 - includes facts, data, examples that are not common knowledge
Slide #8  Reason #2
Slide #9  Evidence #2 - includes facts, data, examples that are not common knowledge
Slide #10 Attractive Opening for Album #2: Introduction attracts and draws in the listener
Slide #11 Artist and Album #2
Slide #12 Reason #1
Slide #13 Evidence #1 - includes facts, data, examples that are not common knowledge
Slide #14 Reason #2
Slide #15 Evidence #2 - includes facts, data, examples that are not common knowledge
Slide #16 Conclusion - restates thesis and sums up main points
Slide #17 Call to action -

  • Use "I" Statements(I think, I feel, I believe)
  • Use "You" (you should, you could, you would)
  • Use "In my opinion"
May 11 - May 22 Persuasive Prompt - Are Zoos more Harmful than good?

CHECKLIST
  • Pick your side of the topic
  • In your presentation include...
  • title page
  • strong introduction
  • thesis statement "In my opinion..." "I believe that..." What is the point you're trying to make?
  • 2-3 reasons to support opinion
  • 2-3 examples or facts that support your reasons
  • conclusion
  • call to action
  • CITE EVIDENCE
  • YOUR PRESENTATION SHOULD BE 5-10 MINUTES LONG
GOALS FOR THE ASSIGNMENT
  • To convey to your audience that your opinion is the strongest, honest, and most convincing
  • To walk away with a better understanding of how to present logical argument
  • cite your evidence, cite your evidence, cite your evidence
  • Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

May 26 - June 5 FINAL PRESENTATION OF THE YEAR
  • Select a narrative, expository, or persuasive topic of your choice
  • Take everything you've been taught with regards to slides and public speaking skills
  • Presentation must be 8-12 minutes long






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