During the final part of the year when the students are being beaten to death with testing, I like to have a unit that is fun and still aligned with Common Core. This is part of my speech unit.
Included within these slides are 42 Audience Cards and instructions to improve how students organize their thoughts and speaking skills with impromptu situations.
This has two parts. The first part just allows students to get used to impromptu speaking. During this part, the audience is active by role-playing. In the second part, the students in the audience also take turns being watchers of specific speaking skills and must present their findings to the speaker along with suggestions.