Of all public speaking activities, impromptu speaking can be the most fun! These 10 impromptu games will not only develop public speaking skills but also stimulate speed of thought and creativity. The games will be invaluable to any drama class, speech and debate class, or ELA class. Most of the games are long and will take much of class to complete, but a few are short and can be used as time-fillers. Even in a world dominated by social media, speaking is as important as ever. And circumstances don’t always allow for the careful preparation of a speech- sometimes you just have to ‘wing it’! These games will nurture life-long skills while supplying lesson-long fun.
Some games do not require prep. Half of the games use topic cards of different varieties with enough topics for every student in the room to have a different one. You will need to photocopy one stack of three or four pages for each game of this type. If you copy them onto card stock, or laminate them, they will last until your retirement party.
Organization of the resource
The resource starts with the most easy activity (one minute speeches on fun but straight forward topics) and builds in difficulty. In the final game, students have to pitch their idea about the origin of, for example, April Fool's Day, to a group, competing to get their idea chosen as the one for the group to present to the whole class.
Credentials of the unit writer
Students I coached won the impromptu section of the World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships, as well as the overall title of World High School Champion three times: 2004, (Colorado), 2006 (Connecticut) and 2007 (Cape Town).
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