Grades 6-8 The Official Kickoff to Public Speaking!

This post contains all of the essential information for public speaking

Welcome to this year’s public speaking contest for grades 6-8.  Expressing ideas aloud in a clear and effective way is an important life skill! Students will have the opportunity to plan, develop, and deliver a speech to showcase these skills. Students will be spending the upcoming weeks working towards preparing a 4-5 minute speech. Additionally, we will be spending time in class practicing various oral communication skills (eye contact, inflection, effective use of gestures, etc.)

Important Due Dates

  • Topic Brainstorming Sheet Due: Monday 4/20
    • Choose topic + fill out topic brainstorming sheet (email your teacher with your choice by the end of the day)
  • Speech planner/Graphic Organizer Due: Friday 5/1
  • Introduction Paragraph Due: Friday 5/8
    • I will be providing students with feedback on each paragraph throughout the speech writing process
    • If students complete paragraphs early they can always move ahead and work on the next step in the process
  • Body Paragraph 1 Due: Wednesday 5/13
  • Body Paragraph 2 Due: Tuesday 5/19
  • Body Paragraph 3 Due: Friday 5/22
  • Conclusion Due: Wednesday 5/27
  • Class Presentations Begin: Tuesday 6/2
  • Self-Assessment/Reflection Due: 6/12
  • The date of the Public Speaking Finals has yet to be determined (TBD)

Click the links below to access important public speaking documents: 

2020 Public Speaking Student Package

      • This contains the public speaking writing process, tips, and requirements

2020 Public Speaking Due Dates Checklist

2020 Public Speaking Speech Planner Graphic Organizer

2020 Public Speaking Rubric

2020 Public Speaking Self-Reflection


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