About This Chapter
Middle School Language Arts: Speech Development - Chapter Summary
In these fun and informative videos, instructors help students learn how to research, craft, and deliver speeches. The lessons build upon information your middle school student may have learned in both public speaking and English classes. The topics presented include how to develop a good thesis and focused topic as well as how to prepare for the speech event and make good use of transitions.
After each lesson your student will have an opportunity to test their comprehension of the lesson materials by taking a brief quiz. At the end of the chapter is a comprehensive, multiple-choice exam to help you and your student see where the student's strengths and weaknesses exist in their speech development understanding. This gives you an excellent opportunity to go back to specific points in the chapter which the student may need to review to deepen their grasp of the material.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|Choosing an Appropriate Speech Topic: Steps & Characteristics||Students learn what to consider when deciding on a speech topic.|
|Turning Your Topic into Main Points for Your Speech: Tips & Ideas||Instructors provide tools for organizing thoughts to create principle topics derived from a central idea.|
|Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles||This lesson explains how to use main points and their subpoints to draft the body of the speech, including how to use coordination and subordination to generate an effective outline.|
|Developing a Thesis Statement from Your Speech Topic||Here the instructors both describe what a thesis is and how to create one using the topic sentence made earlier.|
|Effective Transitions in a Speech: Creation & Importance||This lesson shows how to use transitions effectively to bring together parts of the speech and give it a dynamic structure.|
|Effective Research Strategies: Speaking to Your Audience & Purpose||In this lesson, the students learn how to be selective and efficient in research; keeping the purpose, audience, and time allowed in mind.|
|Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience||Instructors explain how proper speech organization makes it easier to perform for the speaker and to understand for the audience.|
|The Importance of Introductions & Conclusions for Speeches||Students learn that good introductions and conclusions are critical components for a speech and why.|
|Public Speaking with Time Limits: How to Prepare||This video describes what a speaker must do to focus their topic enough to meet time constraints, including how to create a focused topic instead of a narrow topic.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the Middle School Language Arts: Lessons & Help course
- Middle School Language Arts: Punctuation & Grammar
- Middle School Language Arts: Parts of Speech
- Middle School Language Arts: Clauses & Phrases
- Middle School Language Arts: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
- Middle School Language Arts: Sentence Types & Components
- Middle School Language Arts: Word Knowledge
- Middle School Language Arts: Figurative Language
- Middle School Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
- Middle School Language Arts: Understanding Literature
- Middle School Language Arts: Drama
- Middle School Language Arts: Informational Texts
- Middle School Language Arts: Using Source Materials
- Middle School Language Arts: Writing
- Middle School Language Arts: Listening
- Middle School Language Arts: Public Speaking
- Middle School Language Arts: Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- Middle School Language Arts: Collaborative Discussion
- Writing Prompts: Elementary, Middle & High School