Ch 1: Introduction to Public Speaking Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Public Speaking chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the fundamentals of giving talks and speeches in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Public Speaking chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday A skill for life Public speaking skills needed for your job, personal life and school projects, relationships between speakers and listeners, message focus, working with feedback, and changing approaches for each situation
Tuesday A grand tradition Review famous public speakers; changes in public speaking strategies; public speaking, free speech and democracy; the true substance of speeches
Wednesday Ethics Compare ethical and unethical approaches to public speaking; create rules to maintain a set of ethics; review the relationship between ethics and plagiarism
Thursday Keep calm and speak publicly List the differences between public speaking and regular speech; factors that cause nervousness; psychological tips for handling stress
Friday Different speeches achieve different goals Identify speech purpose; determining speech format (e.g., special occasion, persuasive, or informative)

15 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Public Speaking Lesson Plans
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What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

1. What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

Public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience. It is usually done before a large audience, like in school, the workplace and even in our personal lives. The benefits of knowing how to communicate to an audience include sharpening critical thinking and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.

Public Speaking Lesson Plan

2. Public Speaking Lesson Plan

Are your students apprehensive about public speaking? Two video lessons prepare students for effective public speaking and an in-class activity allows them to shine on stage.

Public Speaking as a Communication Process

3. Public Speaking as a Communication Process

Public speaking is a process of communicating to a large group. It involves a sender, receiver and a message. The message is sent through various channels and generally results in feedback from the audience.

Communication Skills Lesson Plan

4. Communication Skills Lesson Plan

Communication skills are crucial yet many students lack the basics. A text lesson gives important facts while an activity allows for practice. To continue on with instruction, take advantage of our suggestions for related lessons and extensions.

The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking

5. The Historical Tradition of Public Speaking

Public speaking has been around for over 2,500 years. Through the years, not much has changed. Speaking before a large audience is still done for the same reasons: to inform, persuade or entertain.

Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

6. Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

Public speaking should reflect the character of the speaker and should be based on a foundation of trust, integrity, respect and dignity. The speaker should avoid behaviors like stereotyping, damaging messages and plagiarism.

How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

7. How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

Public speaking and casual conversation are similar in that they are done to inform, persuade or entertain an audience. They are different in that public speaking is more structured, is spoken in a formal language and has a formal delivery.

Public Speaking Activities for High School Students

8. Public Speaking Activities for High School Students

Want to help your students become better public speakers? This article will give you a few ideas about how to introduce public speaking into your class, whatever your discipline might be.

Public Speaking Activities for College Students

9. Public Speaking Activities for College Students

Need some ideas to help college students in your classes become more comfortable with public speaking? This article will provide some simple, highly modifiable ideas to promote the skill of public speaking in your courses.

Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

10. Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

Speaking before a crowd can provoke anxiety even in the most seasoned speakers. There are several tips and strategies a public speaker can employ to reduce the level of stress associated with public speaking.

Mindfulness Activities for Anxiety

11. Mindfulness Activities for Anxiety

Anxiety is a very real issue for kids today. This lesson discusses mindfulness activities that can be used for students who struggle with anxiety in school.

Self-Esteem Lesson Plan

12. Self-Esteem Lesson Plan

Pack a punch with your instruction on self esteem with the help of two Study.com lessons and an interactive classroom activity. Options for further study and related lessons are also included.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

13. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

Understanding Different Debate Formats

14. Understanding Different Debate Formats

The rules and structures for debate forums can be confusing. This lesson will explain the rules, structures, and challenges associated with two major debate formats to 'keep you in the know.' Read on for details.

Debate Lesson Plan

15. Debate Lesson Plan

Is it a classroom or a court room? Introduce two types of debate for students to act out. This lesson plan makes use of a Study.com text lesson on the different kinds of debate to assist you in your instruction. Additional ideas for related activities and lessons are included for future study.

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