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Speech Skills: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Kristin Pia Hayman

Kristin taught for over 10 years in the elementary classroom. She holds a B.A. in Journalism as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education.

Speaking or presenting to an audience can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! This lesson will explore ways to give an interesting presentation and keep your audience engaged.

Presentations

So you have an assignment to present a topic to an audience (anyone who is watching or listening to you). You've researched, taken notes, discussed, but now what? How do you present your work? Well, this part can be fun, but there are a few things you need to know to get started and make it an amazing presentation!

The first thing is to build your presentation. Just like writing a story, your presentation should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning should hook your audience and get their attention. The body of your presentation is where most of your information should be (this will be the longest part). Finally, the ending should leave your audience on a good note. Ask a question, give an interesting fact, or include anything else that will make them remember your presentation.

Speaking to an audience can be fun!
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Facts & Details

You want to make sure that your information is accurate, or true. Sometimes when researching, we come across information that isn't true, so make sure to check your info if it doesn't make sense. If you're telling a story, make sure you have all details correct before sharing.

Next, you want to add interesting details so that your audience is listening and entertained. For example, if you're presenting a report on penguins, you may give basic facts on where they live and what they eat, but also try and find some interesting or even weird facts that might grab the audience's attention.

Speaking Clearly & Accurately

When talking to an audience, you want to make sure that you speak clearly and at a good pace. You don't want to talk too fast or too slow. Find a pace that sounds good to others and stick with that. Maybe ask someone to listen to you talk so that you know how to pace yourself. You can also practice your speech in front of the mirror. Make sure that you speak loudly enough for the whole audience to hear.

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