Ch 8: Language and Style Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Language and Style chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the ways language can influence a speech 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 Language and Style 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Style of a speechHow style depends on the intended audience, the speaker, and the purpose
TuesdayDiction in a speechHow language can dictate style in a speech
WednesdayOral vs. written language stylesDifferences in the spoken and written word
ThursdayInclusive languageHow to adapt a speech to a diverse audience, inclusive vs. exclusive speech, and types of language to limit or avoid
FridayGrammar, pronunciation, and vivid languageRules of grammar, speaking words properly, and choosing descriptive words for clarity

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Language and Style Lesson Plans
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The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

1. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

2. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Diction Lesson Plan

3. Diction Lesson Plan

Introducing your students to how diction defines our communication? Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction, making use of a video lesson on the topic, an in-class activity to demonstrate understanding, and related lessons for expanded learning.

Diction Activities & Games

4. Diction Activities & Games

Word choice is a major part of communication. This lesson focuses on classroom diction activities and games teachers can use with students of varying ages and abilities.

Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

5. Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

Several differences contrast oral and written communication. Some differences seem obvious, but there's more to it. Retention, preciseness and engagement are just a few main differences.

Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

6. Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

Speechwriters must consider diversity when writing their speeches. A way to avoid offending people is to use inclusive language, or language that the audience is familiar with and understands.

Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking

7. Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking

Using proper grammar and pronouncing words correctly are as important to the delivery of a quality speech as the content itself. Errors in sentence structure, word use and articulation will distract your audience and affect your overall speech delivery.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

8. Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

A speech should not bore the audience. To captivate your audience and command their attention, the use of vivid language is necessary. This includes using clarity, rhythm and vividness to get your audience to pay attention to your speech.

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