This is a favorite in my class. Students have one minute to Speak-Out on fun and thought-provoking topics, such as “Tell us a story about the time you encountered an alien,” or “Tell us why going to school is unnecessary nowadays.” For the students, it is an opportunity to be the center of attention and to share their wildest imaginations and opinions. For the teacher, it is an opportunity to get in some good practice having the students think on their feet (on topic), organize their thoughts, get comfortable sharing their ideas with colleagues (their fellow students), and apply their public speaking skills, as well as an effective tool for managing short bursts of time, ants in the pants, or lack of focus. The various One Minute Speak Out Topics provided (30 topics) are drawn from common core objectives for opinion, explanatory, descriptive, informational, and narrative writing, and as such, can be used as stand alone complete writing lessons (two lesson plans for writing—one for groups and one whole class—are included in this packet and are written in such a way that they can be provided as is to substitutes), as well as, a change of pace activity during transitions, an independent writing station, or a regular part of your writing or language arts block during the week. The topics can be used again and again, so 30 topics are more than enough. In addition to the Speak-Out topics and the two teacher/substitute lesson plans, this packet also includes Activity Directions for the teacher (written so they can be included in substitute plans) and directions for use as a student Language Arts Center—written to be used by students at the center.