Claims and evidence in speeches about animals are easy to find – once students know where to look. Have some fun with these videos and activities while reinforcing the structure of informational speeches (and writing): introduction, main points supported by reasons and evidence, conclusion.
• Website with links to three short speeches about animals (camel, armadillo, and elephant)
• Lesson plans
• 18 student sheets
What Kids Do:
In Sessions 1, 2, and 3, students watch videos and find evidence that supports claims. In Session 4, they choose evidence that matches main points.
Videos can be viewed by the whole class or shared with students for independent viewing. In order to identify evidence, replay parts of the video.
Session 1 – Camels
• Option 1: Ask each student to answer the question posed by the speaker then replay the video to find evidence that supports each claim.
• Option 2: Use student sheets with camel pictures. Ask each student to answer one (or both) questions and find supportive evidence.
Session 2 – Armadillos
• Ask each student to find evidence to support each of the three claims made by the speaker. Replay video as needed.
Session 3 – Elephants
• Option 1: As the video plays, ask each student to write the claims, or main points, the author makes.
• Option 2: Ask each student to replay the video to find evidence that supports each of the claims (which are provided on the student sheet).
• Option 3: Organize students in eight groups. Give each group one elephant picture sheet. Ask each group to find evidence for one main point. A blank elephant picture sheet is provided for alternative activities.
Session 4 – Jaguars
• Ask students to select three pieces of evidence that support each claim.
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