Ch 17: 8th Grade Language Arts: Speech Development

About This Chapter

This chapter is designed to help you explain the process of writing a speech to your 8th grade students. The lessons include engaging, short videos so that your students can easily comprehend and remember the information.

Speech Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter concentrates on the speech development portion of the public speaking process. Students can learn tips for selecting a topic as well as for researching, organizing and writing a speech. In addition to the multiple video lessons, you have access to video transcripts and quizzes that can be useful for checking your 8th grader's comprehension of the speech development process.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics Students learn ways to generate ideas and then select a suitable topic for their speech.
Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas Instructors present ways to brainstorm points to include in your speech.
Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles This lesson shows students the components of a speech and gives them tips for formatting it and creating an outline.
Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic Students are taught how to create a one-sentence statement that summarizes their speech.
Effective Transitions in a Speech: Creation & Importance In this lesson, students learn about the importance of transitions between main ideas in a speech.
Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose Approaches for targeting your research and speech to a specific audience are discussed in this lesson.
Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience Instructors demonstrate methods of organizing a speech.
The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches The lesson instructors show how to write a strong introduction and conclusion.
Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare Students learn how to select the best topic for a time-limited speech.

9 Lessons in Chapter 17: 8th Grade Language Arts: Speech Development
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Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

1. Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics

In this lesson, learn tips and tricks for generating ideas for a speech. We'll explore how to select an appropriate topic and the methods of finding a good topic for your speech.

Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas

2. Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas

Once you have a topic in mind, it can sometimes be difficult to decide on main ideas. This lesson will show you brainstorming techniques to help when you get stuck in the speech writing process.

Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles

3. Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles

Developing the body of a speech can be a time-consuming process and a critical part of outlining. This lesson will help you understand the principles of outlining the body of your speech.

Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

4. Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic

The thesis statement is a vital part of your speech. In this lesson, learn how to create a thesis statement and identify problems in existing thesis statements.

Effective Transitions in a Speech: Creation & Importance

5. Effective Transitions in a Speech: Creation & Importance

An important, yet often overlooked, component of a speech is the transition sentences that move the speaker from one point to the next. Learn how to create these sentences.

Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose

6. Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose

Conducting research is more than just typing a few keywords into a search database. In this lesson, you will learn about effective research strategies and how to tailor your research to your audience.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

7. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.

The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches

8. The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches

You may think that after writing your main points it's okay to just throw together an introduction and a conclusion. Not true! In this lesson, you will learn about the role and importance of writing a strong introduction and conclusion.

Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare

9. Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare

It can be overwhelming at times to find a topic that is just right for the speech you are giving. A great way to decide upon the best topic for time limits is to determine if your topic is too broad, too narrow, or if it is a focused topic.

Chapter Practice Exam
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