Public Speaking Activity: "15 Minutes of Fame" Real World Speeches!

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I'm going to go out on a limb with a big statement: this project was the most fun my class had all year. (This isn't always true with public speaking!)

Almost everyone has to give a speech in his or her lifetime. In this fun project, students prepare and present SHORT mini-speeches from real-world scenarios, based on the “15 Minutes of Fame” that students will hear about or personally experience in life.

How it Works:
• First, students are introduced to the project and randomly draw one of 40 scenarios to present, ranging from Best Man toasts to Grammy acceptance speeches to the announcement that you’re running for President.
• Next, students do light background research and complete graphic organizers analyzing the purpose, audience, and characteristics of their speech types; a brainstorming graphic organizer also helps students craft speech drafts that authentically mimic the real thing.
• Students can then move on to write their own mini-speech that lasts for 30 seconds to 1min 30 seconds.
• On presentation day, students take turns playing the “game”. Each presenter gives his or her speech, and the rest of the class has to GUESS what kind of speech it is so they can decide how effective it was. The fast pace and laughter during the presentations keeps the pressure down, so students focus on the game, and not their stage fright!

(Psst... Since it's an editable file, you can make it easier or harder for your students! For example, older students might like to do this as total improv!)

This activity is a bonding experience for the group and a confidence-builder for individuals, including my shy ones. (Don't believe me? Read some of the comments from other teachers below!)

This 17-page download includes the following:
• Two sample schedules (short and extended versions)
• Pre and Post assessments to show learning/growth
• Directions sheet introducing students to the project
• 40 real-world speaking scenarios, made into slips that are ready to print, cut, and draw randomly from a hat
• A SECOND set of 40 MORE prompts so you can do the project again later in the year! (Students do ask for this!)
• Graphic organizers in which students analyze the characteristics of their assigned speech
• Graphic organizers for brainstorming speech content
• Rubric with CCSS writing and speaking standards, with room for self-assessment and teacher comments
• Listening guide to keep all students engaged in active listening and note-taking during other students’ presentations
• BONUS Reading Jigsaw Activity: Why Does Public Speaking Matter?

NOTE: This product is INCLUDED in my Public Speaking Activity Bundle. Check it out to save big!

Last File Update: 4/19/16

You may also like my other speaking activities:

Speaking Activity: Dramatic Readings (of Speeches, Poems, etc.)
Mock Conference Talks: Speech Unit
Intro to Debate Unit
Digital Poetry Slam project

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Public Speaking Activity: "15 Minutes of Fame" Real World
Public Speaking Activity: "15 Minutes of Fame" Real World
Public Speaking Activity: "15 Minutes of Fame" Real World
Public Speaking Activity: "15 Minutes of Fame" Real World