Presenting an Oral Talk


ELAR-Grade-6 Personal Narrative Presenting an Oral Talk
Students define and apply public speaking and listening skills. They create a short two-minute talk in which they present an “I Believe” position. While listening to their classmates speak, students take notes and work with the rest of their group to generate questions, comments, and suggestions for the speaker.

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Overview

In this experience, students define and apply public speaking and listening skills. Then they create a short two-minute talk in which they present an “I Believe” position. While listening to their classmates speak, students take notes and work with the rest of their group to generate questions, comments, and suggestions for the speaker.

In scene 3 students refer back to the personal narratives they wrote in the experience “Writing a Personal Narrative.” If students did not write a personal narrative, help them choose a turning point in their lives that they can turn into an “I Believe” statement.

Students will collaborate in small groups in scene 5. It is recommended that there be no more than 4 students per group.

At the end of the experience, students will self-evaluate their work based on a rubric. You may review the rubric with them at any point during this experience.

Objectives

  • Identify and apply good public speaking skills.
  • Identify and apply good listening skills.
  • Develop and present a two-minute talk taking a stance and supporting your position.
  • Collaborate with group members to provide questions, comments, and suggestions for a speaker.

Duration

Two class periods. For homework, students should practice their talk between days one and two.


In this experience, you will develop the idea of what it means to be a good speaker. You will develop a short talk stating your beliefs on a topic. Then you will present the talk to a small group of classmates and practice both your speaking and listening skills.

Objectives

  • Identify and apply good public speaking skills.
  • Identify and apply good listening skills.
  • Develop and present a two-minute talk taking a stance and supporting your position.
  • Collaborate with group members to provide questions, comments, and suggestions for a speaker.


teen giving a public speech

Close your eyes and visualize someone you think of as a powerful speaker—maybe a media commentator, a politician, a business leader, or a Hollywood star. What does that person do while speaking? How does the speaker capture and maintain your attention?


Write the name of the person you were thinking of and describe what makes this person a powerful speaker. 

Post your answer

Discuss student responses and ask the class to summarize the characteristics that make people powerful speakers. Students are likely to share that the speakers’ voice is energetic, they make eye contact, they speak clearly and are easy to follow, etc.


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