“Speech to Present an End of School Year Award,” is written by
Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication and it is available on digital download @teacherspayteachers.com
It is a 10 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the rhyming speech entitled, “My Speech to Present an Award” on page 2. At the bottom of page 2, specific instructions on how to pronounce the vowels [ ʌ ] and [ u ] are given.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion, Including Student’s Values.” Page 4 is the [ ʌ ] as in Skull (Deep Low-Central Area Voiced Vowel) and [ u ] as in School (Tense High-Back Area Voiced Vowel) Pronunciation Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
Page 5 is the ACCESS, Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills form. Students read the sentences a second time and evaluate themselves on the observable communication behaviors of: eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, grammar, emphasis & communication of message function & intention.
Page 6, Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Articulation so that students may understand what level of communication competency they have demonstrated and try again if they need to improve.
Pages 7-10 is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator including ( 1 ) Five suggestions for communicating about the rhyming speech ( 2 ) Four suggestions for conducting the Consonant Articulation/Pronunciation Assessments ( 3 ) the teacher/author’s rationale for preparing this sample speech for the Multicultural-American oral communication lesson.
A wonderful bonus is that this rhyming speech instills confidence in the way Multicultural Americans are comfortable collaborating in work groups to identify basic needs they share in their mutual environment. By withholding evaluation of a speaker’s first time appearance, students can learn to zero in on a classmate’s real intention and benefit from any safety plan the speaker proposes.
There have been many scary situations students have had to cope with during the time they’ve been in the classroom together. Sometimes they hear of unbalanced people who break onto school premises and do harm. Sometimes it’s an unexpected tornado, earthquake or fire. And sometimes the scary threat to students’ safety is a wandering wild animal. Any classmate who is brave enough to think of others’ safety before his/her own, deserves an award.
So, this poem celebrates classroom and community bravery! Enjoy this lesson and have your own students make speeches to praise a classmate, friend, relative or neighbor who deserves an award.