This small bundle includes 2 exciting oral communication activities I use for my classes during our Public Communication Unit and a rubric I use for their final speech (in which they give their own "TED Talk").
The first game included is called "Guess the Tone" and is very similar to the board game "Moods." I give an overview of what to talk to students about before beginning (the importance of tone and nonverbal communication) and include a link to a hilarious and informative video clip about the importance of nonverbal communication (using short clips from a popular TV show) to show as an intro to the game.
The game includes a list of 15 different tones (such as "happy" or "angry") and 21 random sentences. One by one, students will come to the front of the classroom and read the sentence they picked in the tone that they picked while the other students guess what tone it is. There are usually a lot of humorous pairings and the students get a kick out of trying to guess the tone. The activity is meant to show students the importance of tone and how it can drastically impact the way we interpret what people say to us (and how confusing things can be if the tone someone uses isn’t what we expect!). It also just helps them get comfortable in front of the class and prepares them for the big speech they do as their final for this unit.
The second game is an Audience Awareness game. There is a list of various audiences one might have to speak to (such as "A group of 30 kindergarteners" or "15 teenage girls at a Girl Scouts meeting") and students are put in pairs and have to improv a short speech on a given topic, but they must do it as if they are talking to the specific audience that they draw from a bowl. The rest of the class then guesses who their audience is and gives feedback on what was done well and what could be improved.
Both of these games were a huge success in my classes and really helped them to understand the importance of nonverbal communication/tone and the importance of tailoring your speech to the specific audience you are communicating with.
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