Thank you for your interest! I use this planner with my freshmen as they embark on their first big assessment of the year.
+Graphic Organizer for Evidence to Support Claim
+Outline for Speech
+Rubric for Teacher
Students compose a three-pronged thesis statement, despite its simplicity, because writing the thesis is often the biggest struggle for students, no matter the genre. And, with a speech, it's better to be clear and direct because it's all listening for the rest of the students.
I encourage students to write a few thesis statements to see which one is the strongest, because their argument needs to be effective. It doesn’t necessarily have to be personal.
You can work with your students on the thesis composition for practice, and there is an example of a thesis on the outline page. This can be used with literature of any kind. I have had my students write an argument for various pieces from our textbook, and I’ve had them use a novel to produce an argument piece.
In addition to the students outlining their speeches, I have them write out the speech like they would an essay, and submit that for a separate grade. Then, from that written speech, they can make cards to use during their presentation.
While you are using the teacher rubrics, and if you want to have the students “grading” their peers and staying engaged during the process, provide them with one rubric, and then have them take out a piece of paper to score each speaker. You can even have them discuss the results with a partner or small group to provide constructive feedback for the speakers.
I hope you find this useful and appropriate for your students.
Teacher in the Rye