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Look Who's Talking to Me

Vicky Nichols
Bay District Schools


Students are able to make a determination of effective speeches based on good speaking habits and then use the information to aid in improving their own presentations.


The student evaluates classroom presentations according to volume, stress, pacing, and pronunciation.

The student uses a rating sheet to compare and contrast effective and ineffective presentations according to volume, stress, pacing, and pronunciation.


-Student folders
-Podium (optional)
-Microphone (optional)
Note: The following needed assessment printable items can be found in the Summative Assessment #2 folder at the Weblink listed in Extensions or click Speak for Yourself in the Weblinks sections and scroll down to Summative Assessment #2.
-The Gettysburg Address
-Great Speeches; The Gettysburg Address background
-You Decide--Student Rating Sheet
-Summative Assessment # 2 Instructions for teachers and students


1. Print and read all sheets needed for students prior to beginning this lesson. They are listed in materials and available through the Extensions section of this lesson.
2. Ask two people (parents, aids, other students, etc.) to deliver the Gettysburg Address to your class. Be sure to give them copies of the speech in enough time so that they can practice the delivery. Give them a copy of the You Decide--Student Rating Sheet so they will know how to structure the delivery. Additional instructions are included in the file. Make sure of the date and time for them to come to your class. Make sure that one presenter knows how to be effective and that the other presenter knows how to be ineffective when presenting this speech to your class. (If it is not possible to obtain two speakers, the teacher can video tape the speech, giving it in two different manners. This is not as effective, however, as two different, live presentations.)
3. Set the area of the room for the speakers.


This is the 7th lesson in the unit Speak for Yourself located on the Beacon Learning Center site.

NOTE: Please read the Teacher Preparation part of this lesson prior to beginning. Also, please download and print all sheets in the attached file since they contain necessary directions.

1. In lesson 6 of this unit, students took a multiple choice test. Return the tests and discuss and review all questions. Then, have students place their work in their student folders. Also in Lesson 6, students spent 2 days doing research for their presentations. Remind students that they should have delivered their piece of the content to their group members by now and students who have not received this information need to make you aware of it.

3. Inform students that they will now begin their 2nd Summative Assessment. Remind them that this is a graded activity and they should do it carefully. Hand out the You Decide-Student Rating Sheets (see Extensions) for presentation 1. Review the sheet. Go over the directions.

4. Hand out the You Decide-Student Rating Sheet Presentation #1 (See Extensions). Bring in the 1st speaker and after the first speaker has finished, allow students time to complete their rating notes. Hand out the You Decide--Student Rating Sheet Presentation #2 and ask the second speaker to deliver the speech. Again, allow time for students to complete their notes.

5. Students should complete the T-Chart (see Extensions) which instructs them to compare and contrast the effective and ineffective speaking behaviors. Students should then complete the Recap sheet (see Extensions) which asks questions in order to summarize their findings.

6. Students should spend the remainder of this day and the next day in groups organizing and practicing their presentations. Remind them to look at the rubric often. Remind students that the presentations are their 3rd Summative Assessment so they should be planning carefully for this activity. They will have two days to give the presentations. Following the presentations, students will complete their Summative #4, which is the final summative. Students should also be using homework time and any extra class time for research in order to have material to create their speeches.


Use the rubric for the assessment of the The T-Chart, and the ReCap sheet for this lesson.

The T-Chart should contain examples and non-examples from the two speeches that demonstrate how one presentation is effective and one is ineffective.

The ReCap should absolutely indicate which speech is effective and which is ineffective. The categories for volume, stress, pacing, and pronunciation should support the conclusion.
This is generally a pass or fail task. Students who cannot make a correct choice need immediate feedback from the teacher in order to make decisions about their own presentations. Students should receive both of these papers back to put into their files of notes, which they may use on the last Summative Assessment of this unit.

The rubric should indicate that the student can recognize the qualities of an effective and ineffective speech. Students who indicate they have a grasp of how the rubric is utilized to obtain their scores in turn should understand the stndards which created the rubric. This, again, is a pass/fail activity. Students showing they are NOT proficient in using the rubric should be allowed more opportunities to use the rubric.

For additional instructions in implementing the assessments, see EXTENSIONS.


1. When students have speeches ready, try videotaping them and allowing them to watch themselves or suggest they tape themselves at home if they have a video camera. You also might try allowing them to practice in small groups with their peers. Although the content is important, the delivery is very important. Remind students to look at the rubric to make sure they are doing all that is required for the summative assessment.

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).

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