Unit 1 - Group IMPROMPTU Speaking

Group IMPROMPTU Speaking 
VIDEO: Symposium
(this assignment is prepared in several steps)
10 pts  - each student in the group for Part 1
10 pts - each student in the group for part 2 and 3


Review of previous knowledge
They have spent one week in class participating in several rounds of full class circle discussion and individual 15-30 sec impromptu speeches from each member of the class.
The topic were assigned or chosen from a list

Objective: Students will be begin to understand how we structure simple speeches.

Part A - Introduce yourself
Part B - Make a point (it can be common knowledge, but at least say something of VALUE)
Part C - "Thank the audience"

Students will do the following:

1.) Pick a quick team of 4 or 5
2.) Decide roughly who's going to talk about what on the topic 
3.) Get a camera from Mr. S and fill out a team card
4.) Go out into the hallways 
5.) One by one speak on camera for 30 sec - 1 min 


All of the the video from each group is processed/edited by Mr. Schaefer


Part A - Watch the individual speeches on video with headphones
Part B - Answer the following questions about your own speech

1.) Did you intro your self? (Y/N) _____Did you thank the audience?(Y/N)___

2.) Did you tell us why you were in front of us? What the topic was? (Y/N)___

3.) What is the point you made in the time given?_____________________

4.) Was there one point made? (Y/N) ____ or were their subpoints too/ (Y/N)

5.) Did you look right at the camera at your audience? (Y/N)____ The whole time?___                        
6.) Did you look around in different directions/at different things as you talked?____

7.) You you speak clearly? (Y/N) Did you stumble over your words? (Y/N)____

8.) Did you come prepared with any notes to the taping (a road map)? (Y/N) ____

9.) Did you have fun in front of the audience? (Y/N)____ Was the shot flattering?____  lighting and composition are everything

10.) Do you see the point in answering these questions? (Y/N)____

...with a bit of help from technology



Part 1 - Each group selects a topic either from the list or their choice
Part 2 - Each group is given 5 minutes prep time with the internet
Part 3 - Each student should try and find a point to make or use the time to type out a quick outline. 
Part 4 - Go back out with a camera and try it again.

Objective: Create 3-4 minute group "shared" speech on video 

Rubric / Proficiency Scale

Learning Goal:
To know the instances of when this may happen to you, the steps to prepare an impromptu speech, materials you may have available, and the time allotted for this type of speaking.

Proficiency scale for IMPROMPTU Speaking

(A+) – student innately prepares a speech with minimal prep time that contains a solid path and message for the intended audience. The student also is able to effectively engage the whole audience with excellence in audience scanning and eye contact. Student has an excellent level of volume and speaks with extreme clarity.

(A- and B+) -  student is able to prepare a speech with minimal prep time that contains a path and message for the audience. The student also is able to engage the whole audience with some audience scanning and eye contact. Student has a proficient level of volume and speaks with clarity.

(B and C+) - student is able to prepare a speech with some assistance and with minimal prep time that contains a message for the audience. The student engages the audience with some eye contact. Student has an audible level of volume and some clarity.

(C and D) - student is partially able to prepare a speech with assistance and the speech contains little or no diserable message. With some help the student engages the audience, but has trouble with some eye contact. Student, at times has an audible level of volume but lacks clarity.

(F) – Student can not complete the assignment, even with assistance.


Have a good reason to be in front of the audience taking up their valuable time. We never want to waste our listeners time. It is a privilege to speak in public and you are given the right to say anything...make it count.


When you get a computer to use or a smartphone
for all your speeches
(type it out in word and print it out to use) 

A Possible structure for a 1 minute speech

I. Introduction / "Main Idea shared (10 seconds)
II. First idea to share (10 sec)
Transition (5 sec)
III. Second idea to share (10 sec)
IV. Conclusion(15 seconds)

explanation of each section of the roadmap
The Introduction / main point (10 sec)
Begins with a catchy beginning, the statement of the topic 

The TWO examples for that point (10 sec each) 
include a trasition if needed (5 sec)
there are many kinds of formats that can be used. This should start to feel like you are presenting evidence to support the statement you made. Examples are always good. Use the web.

The Conclusion (15 sec)
Can be a wrap up, but we like to leave our audience with something to ponder or a call to action.
(create a slogan for your point or ask a question)


Questions you can ask yourself about the topic you may be given:
  1. Where has this happened to me?
  2. Who does this topic effect personally? 
  3. How does this topic relate to the audience?
  4. Does this topic have history?
  5. Is it relevent (does it matter) top the people in the present?
  6. Does this topic make us look to the future?
  7. Does it affect people locally?
  8. National?
  9. International?
  10. What gender or age is affected by this topic? 
Once you answer these questions then ask "why" that is...

For the fast prep speakers:
Try and elevate the mission with these more complex questions...
  1. Is this a problem that needs a solution? (try and solve it)
  2. Is this something to celebrate? (why?)
  3. Is this a moral/ethcical (a battle of right or wrong?)

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