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Independent - To Be or Not Top Be - Day 9, Lesson 7: Press Conference

Katie Koehnemann
Bay District Schools


Working in small groups, students practice their oral presentations using their written drafts. Peer members use the Oral Presentation Rubric for assessing and giving positive and corrective feedback on the practice performance.


The student reads and organizes information from multiple sources for a variety of purposes (for example, supporting opinions, predictions, and conclusions; writing a research report; conducting interviews; taking a test; performing tasks).

The student extends the expectations of the fourth grade with increasingly complex reading selections, assignments and tasks (for example, differences between fact, fiction, opinion).

The student uses strategies to speak clearly, (for example, rate, volume, phrasing, enunciation).

The student prepares for and gives presentations for specific occasions, audiences, and purposes (including but not limited to informational or imaginative presentations, research reports, extemporaneous talks).

The student uses visual aids, technology, or demonstrations to support a presentation.

The student uses nonverbal strategies to engage an audience (for example, eye contact, gestures, posture, facial expressions).

The student understands reasons Americans and those who led them went to war to win independence from England.

The student knows significant events between 1756 and 1776 that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution (for example, the French and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party).


-Student selected small groups
-An area for each group to work in
-Transparency of the Oral Presentation Rubric
-Transparency of Press Conference Performance Feedback (In Associated File)
-Overhead projector with viewing surface
-Student copies of Press Conference Performance Feedback (In Associated File)


1. Prepare areas for small groups to work.
2. Make transparency copy of Press Conference Performance Feedback. (In Associated File)
3. Make student copies of Press Conference Performance Feedback. (In Associated File)
4. Transparency of the Oral Presentation Rubric.
5. Prepare overhead projector with viewing surface.


NOTE: This is a very important part of the presentation process. Do not omit any student from receiving this opportunity for peer feedback. Having all groups practicing at the same time should expedite the feedback process.

1. Explain to students the purpose of the Press Conference is to give everyone a chance to practice their presentations, to be scored using the rubric, and to receive feedback from their audience as to what they did well and what they need to improve.

2. Direct students to have their drafts and visual aids. (Lesson 6, Weave a Web of Words)

3. Students form small groups in which they will be comfortable working.

4. Remind students to practice performing with as little help from the rough draft document as possible and to use their visual aids, whether it is complete or not.

5. Direct students to turn to the presentation rubric in their notebooks. Display on the overhead the Oral Presentation Rubric. Review with students, elements of verbal and non-verbal strategies as they appear on the rubric.

6. Place in each group Press Conference Performance Feedback sheets. (In Associated File) Students will need one for every student they assess.

7. Display on the overhead a copy of this feedback form. Familiarize students with the format, pointing out the space for recording any questions they may have about the presentation being scored.

8. Each child will perform their presentations as best they can with the work they have done on it so far.

9. Audience students are to score each student using the rubric. They can also write comments on the form.

10. After each childís presentation, the audience students take turns giving feedback gleaned from the feedback form. Performing students are given the feedback forms and place them in their notebooks. In another lesson, students will follow-up on the questions to improve their presentations. Each student will have written and oral feedback from each of the students in his/her group.

11. Circulate and facilitate small groups to formatively assess student performances, proper use of the Press Conference Performance Feedback sheets, and accuracy of the feedback being given.


Formatively assess student performances for understanding of the task and student feedback for understanding of the language of the rubric and accuracy of feedback given.


1. Liberty and Justice for All is an interactive Student Web Lesson. The lesson addresses this standard: the student understands reasons Americans and those who led them went to war to win independence from England. (See link to unit plan at the top of this page.)
2. United We Stand is an interactive Student Web Lesson. The lesson addresses this standard: the student knows significant events between 1756 and 1776 that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution. (See link to unit plan at the top of this page.)
3. Lessons may reflect modifications of, but are designed in conjunction with, the Reading Framework approach to classroom instruction and may be adapted to the Four Block Classroom. It is suggested that you have a historical fiction or a non-fiction book selected for use with the Shared Reading Component. Also, for the Self-Selected Reading Component, you will need to have appropriate period books available for which students to choose.
4. The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page or by using the following URL: Once you select the unitís link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, Associated Files. This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, and other associated files, if any.

Web Links

This site offers guidelines and links to help you utilize visual aids to create an effective speech.
Virtual Presentation Assistant

Click on any item, Using Visual Aids, Making Transparencies, Making the Most of an Oral Presentation, and more. There are numerous good pointers included on this site.
Table of Contents

This site offers speaking strategies and presentation tips.
Peak Performance

This site offers easy speech writing for those who just canít get started. Not recommended that students use this fill in the blank format, but it may help someone who is experiencing a writerís block in getting started.
Internet Library of Speeches

This site offers Oral Presentations, A Printable Checklist to help guide students in their preparations. Scroll to the bottom and click Create Printable Checklist.

Attached Files

Performance Feedback Form†††††File Extension: pdf

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