Ch 7: Speech & Public Speaking Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter will provide you with ideas for creating your speech and public speaking lesson plans. We include topical videos that you can use both to refresh your knowledge of key concepts and use in your classroom.

Speech & Public Speaking Lessons Plans - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors have developed this chapter on speech and public speaking lesson plans. Review these lessons to see ideas for discussion questions, tips and strategies for students, and other lesson topics, like:

  • A lesson plan for public speaking
  • Differences between casual conversation and public speaking
  • Strategies and tips for managing anxiety about public speaking
  • Lesson plan for pathos, ethos and logos
  • Importance of pathos, ethos and logos in public speaking

This chapter includes short lessons on these topics as an aid for you to brush up before teaching this to your class. Quizzes provided will check your understanding of the lesson material, and can also be used with your students.

How It Helps

  • Builds your understanding of basic lesson topics: You can review key speech and public speaking concepts before teaching them
  • Provides ideas for lesson plans: See ideas and activities examples for teaching about speech and public speaking
  • Increases student learning: You can improve students' ability to learn with tips and strategy suggestions for managing anxiety

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning speech and public speaking lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific speech and public speaking topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your speech and public speaking class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related speech and public speaking lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important speech and public speaking concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant speech and public speaking-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

49 Lessons in Chapter 7: Speech & Public Speaking Lesson Plans
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Public Speaking Lesson Plan

1. 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.

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.

Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

3. 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.

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking

4. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking

Ethos, pathos, and logos are the foundation modes of persuasion, also known as appeals. In this lesson, you will learn about the different modes of persuasion and how to incorporate them into your speech.

Diction Lesson Plan

5. 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.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

6. 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.

Listening Exercises for Children

7. Listening Exercises for Children

Teaching children to listen takes time and repetition. The more fun you can make it for your students, the more effective the listening activities can be. Use the suggestions in this lesson to engage your class in listening exercises.

Speech Exercises for Children

8. Speech Exercises for Children

The ability to give a speech in front of others is an important skill that, when developed properly, can create a variety of benefits. This lesson focuses on speech exercises that teachers can use with children.

Talking Games for Children

9. Talking Games for Children

Getting young students to talk in class isn't as difficult as it seems if they are enjoying themselves. Using the games in this lesson can help your young learners gain confidence about being vocal in front of others.

Vocal Exercises for Children

10. Vocal Exercises for Children

Teaching children how to sing or speak publicly can be such a valuable and meaningful task! This lesson will help by offering some exercises your students can do as they begin vocalizing.

Public Speaking Activities for High School Students

11. 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

12. 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.

Public Speaking Rubric for Middle School

13. Public Speaking Rubric for Middle School

Interested in incorporating more public speaking in your middle school classes? This article gives an example rubric for assessing students on a public speaking assignment. The rubric can be modified to fit your needs.

Persuasive Speech Rubric

14. Persuasive Speech Rubric

Rubrics are useful tools for setting expectations and assessing a variety of student assignments. This lesson will provide you with a template off of which you can design your own persuasive speech rubric.

Informative Speech Rubric

15. Informative Speech Rubric

Informative speech activities are a good way to help your students practice researching and presenting ideas. This lesson will provide a template for a rubric you can use to assess an informative speech activity.

Demonstration Speech Rubric

16. Demonstration Speech Rubric

A demonstration speech as the added aspect of props being used during the student's time in front of the class. This lesson offers a rubric appropriate for demonstration style speeches.

Impromptu Speech Rubric

17. Impromptu Speech Rubric

Using rubrics helps students aim for a standard and helps teachers offer balanced grading for all students. This lesson offers a sample impromptu speech rubric, and includes standards for grading each main element of a speech.

Oral Narrative Activities

18. Oral Narrative Activities

Narratives are an amazing an unavoidable part of life. This lesson provides teachers with oral narrative classroom activities for students of different ages and abilities.

Persuasive Speech Lesson Plan

19. Persuasive Speech Lesson Plan

This lesson plan includes activities, a quiz, an extension, and several example discussion topics and questions you can use to help your students understand the various types of persuasive speeches.

What are the Three Types of Persuasive Speeches?

20. What are the Three Types of Persuasive Speeches?

A persuasive speech is a speech given with the intention to convince your audience to accept a certain opinion, fact, or viewpoint. In this lesson you will learn about factual, value, and policy persuasive speeches.

Delivering a Speech Lesson Plan

21. Delivering a Speech Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses several poignant activities that will help students understand the important concepts behind delivering a speech using appropriate vocal qualities.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

22. 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.

Considering Pronunciation, Articulation, and Dialect in Public Speaking

23. 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.

Planning a Speech Lesson Plan

24. Planning a Speech Lesson Plan

What does it take to plan an effective speech? This lesson plan uses two interesting and informative video lessons to outline critical information. A small group activity connects students to the material in a meaningful way.

Developing the Body of a Speech: Outline & Principles

25. 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.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

26. 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.

Analyzing a Speech Lesson Plan

27. Analyzing a Speech Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses a discussion, activity, quiz, and extension to teach your students what to look out for when analyzing a speech for its effectiveness.

Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

28. Practice Analyzing and Interpreting a Speech

There are many famous speeches that are inspiring and memorable, but to effectively analyze a speech we need to look at it in a new way. In this lesson we'll discuss exactly how to do this.

Coordinating Conjunctions Lesson Plan

29. Coordinating Conjunctions Lesson Plan

What is a coordinating conjunction and how do we use them? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline important points about coordinating conjunctions. An activity puts theory into practice for students.

Coordinating Conjunction: Definition & Examples

30. Coordinating Conjunction: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what a coordinating conjunction is and how to use coordinating conjunctions to vary your sentence structure and make your writing more interesting. Take a look at some examples, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Prosody Activities & Exercises for Children

31. Prosody Activities & Exercises for Children

Helping children develop prosody is an important part of teaching them to be strong and self-extending readers. This lesson provides activities and exercises oriented toward prosody development.

Word Stress Lesson Plan

32. Word Stress Lesson Plan

What is word stress and why is it important in language? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain critical facts about word stress. An activity gives students a chance to show what they've learned.

Word Stress: Definition & Examples

33. Word Stress: Definition & Examples

Language can be stressful, but it's also important to understand stress in language. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of word stress and look at some common examples.

Giving a Speech Lesson Plan for Elementary School

34. Giving a Speech Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Giving a speech can be overwhelming for some students, but this lesson plan will ease students into the process! Students will learn how to plan and create an effective speech, and they will practice with small groups of classmates.

Speech Skills: Lesson for Kids

35. Speech Skills: Lesson for Kids

Speaking or presenting to an audience can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! This lesson will explore ways to give an interesting presentation and keep your audience engaged.

Dramatic Speech Activities

36. Dramatic Speech Activities

The opportunity to speak in front of others can be can be beneficial for students in a number of ways. This lesson provides dramatic speech activities teachers can use in class.

Fact vs. Opinion Lesson Plan for Elementary School

37. Fact vs. Opinion Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Help your students understand the difference between facts and opinions with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that uses memorable examples to explain key ideas, discuss and interact with content, then practice and apply independently.

Informative Speech Lesson Plan

38. Informative Speech Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, your students will learn the categories of informative speeches through discussion and games. They will also demonstrate gained knowledge of how to organize an informative speech by giving their own speeches.

Counter-Argument Lesson Plan for Elementary School

39. Counter-Argument Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will help you teach your students about persuading others using counterargument. Students will learn what a counterargument is and how to use it effectively.

Counter-Argument Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

40. Counter-Argument Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Have you ever wanted to convince someone that your point of view was correct, but you just could not get him or her to agree with you? This lesson will introduce you to a strategy that can make your arguments much more convincing.

Broadcasting Lesson Plan

41. Broadcasting Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about television broadcasting and programming. They will apply their knowledge by designing their own broadcasting schedules.

Ethos, Pathos & Logos Lesson Plan

42. Ethos, Pathos & Logos Lesson Plan

Boost your instruction on ethos, pathos, and logos with the help of a Study.com video lesson and a brief class activity. Optional extensions and related lessons are offered for deeper exploration of the topic.

Room 101 Lesson Plan

43. Room 101 Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with ideas for incorporating Room 101 speeches in their classes. Students will gain background information about Room 101 and persuasive speaking before writing and delivering their own speech.

Assertive Communication Activities for High School

44. Assertive Communication Activities for High School

Assertive communication skills must be practiced before students are ready to utilize them in real life. Check out these activities to help students apply their communication skills knowledge in a fun and engaging way.

Public Service Announcement Project Ideas

45. Public Service Announcement Project Ideas

By asking students to make a PSA, you can help them learn about issues of civics, public policy, and efficiency in communication. Since so many areas of our lives are impacted by public policy, you can easily connect these projects to many other lessons.

Gettysburg Address Discussion Questions

46. Gettysburg Address Discussion Questions

Most students have heard of the Gettysburg Address, but not all can actually explain its meaning or significance. These discussion questions can help you build a deeper appreciation for this speech and connect it to other themes in your classroom.

The American Scholar by Emerson Discussion Questions

47. The American Scholar by Emerson Discussion Questions

'~'The American Scholar'~' was a speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson, in which he explored the need of the United States to define its own intellectual community as distinct from Europe's. These questions can help your students explore this speech and its argument.

Earth Day Speech Therapy Activities

48. Earth Day Speech Therapy Activities

Earth Day presents an opportunity to help students with new words, presented in new ways. These activities will help you make the most of this holiday with your speech therapy students.

Public Speaking Confidence Building Activities

49. Public Speaking Confidence Building Activities

Public speaking is a challenge for many students, but often all they need is greater confidence. These activities will give students some unique ways to practice public speaking and build that confidence.

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