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Ch 36: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Public Speaking

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Use these video lessons and quizzes as study guides to help you prepare to answer the types of public speaking questions found on the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Effective Public Speaking - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you build a deeper understanding of effective speechwriting techniques, vocal qualities in public speaking, and types of speeches. As you study for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA exam, you'll see how these techniques and methods are applied and how they result in speeches that are written and delivered more effectively. Topics you can expect to cover in these video lessons include:

  • Understanding the public speaking process
  • Comparing aspects of public speaking and casual conversation
  • Identifying the different types of speeches
  • Listing factors that affect the style of a speech
  • Realizing how word choice influences the conveyance of a speech's meaning
  • Summarizing vocal qualities that help create a more effective speech

The video and audio presentation of this material can help to enhance your learning experience. Reviewing these lessons by taking the accompanying quizzes helps you to practice answering questions as they might appear on the actual exam.

NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Effective Public Speaking Chapter Objectives

By reviewing the topics addressed in the Effective Public Speaking chapter, you could be prepared to answer many of the questions found in the fifth content domain of the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts test, which is a certification tool used to license 6th - 8th grade English teachers.

This content domain addresses oral and visual communication topics and represents 14% of your total score. The computer-based test consists of 150 multiple-choice questions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 36: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Effective Public Speaking
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Social Norms in Interpersonal Communication

1. Social Norms in Interpersonal Communication

This lesson will discuss cultural expectations for interpersonal communication in North America, and provide concrete tips for success. Examine non-verbal behavior, conversational speaking, and some common pitfalls.

Class Discussion Rubric

2. Class Discussion Rubric

This lesson provides an overview of rubrics and what to consider when making a class discussion rubric. It also includes tips for using rubrics during class discussions. A short quiz follows the lesson.

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.

How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

4. 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.

Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

5. 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.

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

6. 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

7. 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.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

8. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

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