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Ch 36: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Strategies for Effective Speaking

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Put this chapter of lessons to work to help your 6-8 students review the strategies for effective speaking in preparation for the SBA ELA. Results of the quick lesson quizzes and chapter test will alert you to any additional study requirements.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Strategies for Effective Speaking - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive collection of video lessons can guide your students' review of speaking strategies for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) 6-8. Check out the following list of lesson topics:

  • Comparison of public speaking and casual conversation
  • Various types of speeches
  • Strong organization of speeches
  • Effects of vivid language, diction and vocal qualities
  • Supporting materials for speeches
  • Importance of articulation, pronunciation and dialect
  • Use of visual aids

Experienced instructors lead our self-paced video lessons, making learning fun for students and easy for teachers. Short quizzes and a chapter test offer immediate feedback on students' progress and readiness for the SBA ELA.

15 Lessons in Chapter 36: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Strategies for Effective Speaking
Public Speaking as a Communication Process

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

5. 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.

Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

6. Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

The objective of a good speech is to persuade, inform or entertain an audience. To accomplish this, one must have a specific purpose for the speech. This is the main idea or thesis statement and it must be prevalent throughout the speech.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

7. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

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.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

9. 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

10. 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.

Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

11. Types of Supporting Materials for a Speech

When you are developing a speech, you need research to back up your claims. You can use different types of supporting materials strategically to help you. In this lesson, you will learn about these supporting materials and how to use them in your speech.

How to Work Supporting Materials into Your Speech

12. How to Work Supporting Materials into Your Speech

A good speech should include supporting materials from secondary sources to back up claims made within the speech. They add credibility and also provide the audience with a way to research more about the topic.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

13. Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

The speaker's culture and habits often have much to do with the vocal traits of a speech. Thus, punctuation, articulation and dialect are three very personal aspects of speech delivery.

The Role of Visuals in Communication

14. The Role of Visuals in Communication

Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.

Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

15. Types of Visual Aids Used in Public Speaking

Many people understand that visual aids can be helpful in public speaking. But what types of visual aids should a person choose? Watch this lesson for information on the types of visual aids and how to choose the best one.

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