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Good morning and welcome to one of my favorite PBL units of all time!
For this unit, students get to craft a persuasive speech for an authentic audience that captures their own unique voice on a topic of their choice. In my own classroom, I was blown away by some of the topics my students chose, which included “Glossophobia: How the Fear of Public Speaking Changes One’s Life” and “Are Memes Dehumanizing America?”
My students’ talks were unique, educated, serious, and funny and it was a joy to put my students’ creativity on display!
Below is a brief description of what's included in this unit, but if you would like to see more concrete examples of what the project might look like before shelling out the cash, check out my typeform detailing my own experiences with this PBL unit.
What's included in this 86-page unit?
Challenging Problem or Question: How can we create and share ideas worth spreading in a way that improves our world and benefits our listeners?
Students must determine the best way to present a topic they care about with the world.
Sustained Inquiry: Students not only explore their chosen issue for their TED Talk, but also explore what a convincing and effective presentation looks like through exploring mentor texts (TED Talks) and analyzing the use of rhetorical techniques.
Authenticity and Public Product: A TED-style conference is a “real life” opportunity to speak. Whether your conference takes the form of an in-school field trip or a conference night, students are sharing their opinions with people outside of their class in a way that will impact others.
Student Voice and Choice: Students choose a topic that’s of importance to them, not one prescribed off of a list.
Critique and Revision: Two weeks of this project are dedicated to essay and speech critique and revision. Students learn that a good speech must be practiced more than a dozen times in order to get it right.