Do your middle and high school students have a tough time speaking well when giving a class presentation? How do you teach students ways to communicate using standard/formal English? How can you encourage them to speak loudly, clearly, and avoid slang? Teach these standards and use this rubric to increase the quality of student speaking and presentations across all content areas. This was developed with students at a college prep school in a high poverty urban area where speaking well was often an obstacle for student success. Modify to meet the needs of your students.