How many of us are guilty of teaching “effective presentation skills” by droning on with a lengthy lecture or wading through a tedious PowerPoint? Engage your students from the start and develop their critical thinking and creativity by having THEM identify what makes a great presentation then put it into practice.
In this Common Core-aligned lesson, students watch a video (link provided) of one of the most captivating speakers of all time: Steve Jobs. Students note their observations of his speaking style in a number of categories—from knowledge of content, delivery, use of digital media and more—on the provided graphic organizer. Next, they work together, using their observations, to construct a list of effective presentations skills. Through a whole-class discussion, students share their findings, compiling a full list that can be recorded on the included handout. This can be copied and distributed for future reference or enlarged into a poster and hung in the classroom.
Finally, students apply what they learned through an inventive “About Me” assignment in which they create and deliver their own presentation to the class. A rubric is provided.
No more will your students be reading from slides covered in endless text. Watch their speaking skills blossom, as they gain confidence and skill in front of an audience.
Both an editable PowerPoint and PDF are included.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS COVERED:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
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Keywords: Presentation Skills, Speaking and Listening, Common Core Speaking and Listening, Graphic Organizers, Presentation Activities, Speaking and Listening Activities, Presentation Handouts