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Impromptu speaking can be scary, but also oodles of fun! This short unit, with detailed lesson plans, gently leads students through a series of activities in duos and small groups until they are ready to speak in front of the whole class. Photocopy copies of the handouts, or using the TPT Digital Activities layer, put the resource on Google Classroom and change the resource to suit your requirements.
Why do it?
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’!
It develops confidence; a lot of students find it fun; there’s no teacher marking required- that’s right- NO MARKING! You can, of course, mark the final impromptu speech the students deliver if you choose (and a rubric is provided) but no paper marking of speeches is even possible. This mini-unit gives you a few guilt- free weekends!
It is vital that students are eased into impromptu speaking in front of an audience; they need to start off by speaking to one other person. (I suggest the ‘speed dating’ method, circulating around to several people during one session). Speaking to a small group is next; speaking to the whole class is the final step.
Organization of the unit
The lessons and materials solely for the teacher’s use are grouped first. Printable handouts to be given or posted to the students follow in the second part of the unit.
Table of contents
Lesson 1: speed dating: speaking in front of one other person
Lesson 2: sales exercise: speaking in front of a small group
Lesson 3: speaking in front of a small group about a serious topic
Lesson 4: games to emphasize the importance of body language
Lesson 5: hot air balloon debate: briefly speaking in front of the class
Lessons 6 and 7: speaking in front of the whole class
Printables for students
Handout #1: Impromptu topics
Handout #2: Peer evaluation form
Handout #3: Desert island exercise
Handout #4: Impromptu speaking tips
Handout #5: Middle School topics
Handout #6: High School topics
Handout #7: Self-evaluation form
Handout #8: Tongue twisters
Handout #9: Impromptu speaking advice
You can use the TpT Digital Activities layer to make this resource a digital, interactive resource. After purchase, you go to the product page and click the red button that says Create Digital Activity. This allows you to edit parts of the resource to suit your needs; for example, you can add answer boxes. It allows your students to write or type their debate notes in the answer boxes, and to annotate and highlight. The tool can only be used with Google Classroom. Once a student has submitted the assignment on a device, you can review the work and share feedback with the student through the TpT Digital Activity layer.
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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If your students become energized by speaking in class, please take a look at my debate resources. They might also enjoy the speaking activities in my 80 ELA Games.
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