Public speaking is becoming a lost art in teaching. Students find it harder and harder to get in front of an audience of their peers and formally talk about something that is important to them. I have found combining Ted Talks and public speaking allows students to share things that are important to them. Ted Talks are a great way to introduce students to inspiring and inspirational idea from people around the world. By cultivating a classroom of transferring ideas with each other, students will grow in their passion for knowledge.
I use this speech assignment as part of a larger Passion Project Unit.
Included in this Lesson
• Ted Talk Speech Research Assignment
• Ted Talk Speech Guidelines: These are centered toward a Passion Project Assignment, but can be adapted to fit any style of project you have going on in your classroom.
• Personal Reflection and Grading Rubric
• Teacher Grading Rubric