Writing Instruction

For this assignment, students worked at their own pace on a speech on a topic they chose. This was their final speech, so direct instruction was not necessary. Students shared this document with me so that I could provide feedback. It was highly effective and yielded great results.

Final Speech Playlist

ActivityDirectionsNotesDate Completed
1) ThinkingComplete a free write about what kind of speech you want to give, why, and what topic. What do you already know about the topic? Who is your audience? What do you want your audience to know/do/react?Thinking
2) ResearchIf you are doing an informative or argumentative speech, take notes here. Include the links to where you got your information so you can go back if you need to. Article from 1998 New York Times
1) Write your first draft!Drafting occurs when you put your ideas into sentences and paragraphs. Here you concentrate upon explaining and supporting your ideas fully. Here you also begin to connect your ideas. Regardless of how much thinking and planning you do, the process of putting your ideas in words changes them; often the very words you select evoke additional ideas or implications.
Don’t pay attention to such things as spelling at this stage.
This draft tends to be writer-centered: it is you telling yourself what you know and think about the topic.
1) Will your audience get it?Think about your audience. What do they need to know that you don’t have written down?
2) Add transitionsTake a look at this list of transition words. Where can you add transitions in your speech to make it sound better?
3) Add detailsInformative: Are there key concepts or vocabulary words you should define? Are all of your ideas clear? 
Argumentative: Take a look  at the fallacies. Make sure your speech is free of them. Then, take a look at the modes of persuasion. Highlight them in your speech. 
Entertaining: Add imagery and other figurative language. Make your speech come alive!
4) Read it aloud!Record yourself reading your speech aloud at LEAST three times. Fix anything that sounds awkward or unclear.
Visual Aids
Review Visual AidsReview how to create good looking presentations. Read this article.
2) Fix a past visual aid.Go back to a presentation you made for this or another class. Using the tips from the article in step 1, give your slides a makeover. In the notes section, post the before and after. 
3) CreateMake your slides! They should be easy to read, pleasing to look at, and ENHANCE your speech.
A great resource for professional looking templates is: slidesgo.com
1) Make a screencastifyRecord yourself and your visual aid with a screencastify. 
2) Revise?Fix anything you need to fix or improve based on your screencastify. 
3) Grade yourselfUse the rubric to grade yourself. 
4) Review the tips and tricks.Read this article. Pick three of the tips that you are going to use. Why did you pick those tips? How are they going to make your speech better? 
5) Make Note CardsWhat do you need to write down to help you remember your speech? Do you have facts you need to get right? Is there a slide you keep forgetting to talk about? Make a notecard!