Public speaking is an uncomfortable activity for adults and students alike. Preparation and practice will help. In my classroom, I want my students to have several opportunities to practice speaking to their classmates. The following assignment gives students a procedure to prepare their oral presentations.
I often attach an oral presentation to a science, health or social studies project. I find that I need to coach my students through the process of public speaking. Organizing the ideas is similar to writing an essay. Practicing the delivery and creating the visuals are added to make a successful presentation.
Starting with the third grade, giving an oral report is in the Common Core Standards. In previous grades, students are expected to have had experience retelling a personal event or describing people, places, and things. To build public speaking experience with my intermediate grade students, I encourage participation in class meetings on a daily basis.
Included in this unit is an article for the students, a graphic organizer, and a rubric for grading the speeches. The graphic organizer can be used to create the presentation. It can also be used by the listeners to take notes on the main idea and supporting details. This skill is also outlined in the Common Core Standards. The notes the students take on each other’s assessments could count as a listening grade.