Unit 3 - The Toast

"We Raise Our Glasses To Honor..."
THE TOAST - UNIT 3
50 pts for the script
50 pts for the performance
TIME LIMIT for the speech is 1 minute




Purpose: To write a speech honoring someone who you the student knows personally and who has earned this moment of dedication.The audience is expecting something profound, or maybe funny, or maybe both.
A great toast can make an event memorable for all the people there who hear it.

To make your toast one of those worth remembering, it just takes a little consideration before you step up to the mic.

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Here are a few suggestions for writing a good toast:
1.) Know your audience. This is a key element to keep in mind no matter what you're writing. But when your audience is right there in front of you, live, it's even more important than usual.

  • Who are you toasting?
  • What's the crowd or "the room" like?
  • Is certain language or content off-limits?
  • Is this a formal setting or a casual one?
  • Are the people assembled friends of yours 
       ...or simply business associates?

Knowing what your audience expects, likes, doesn't like, and wants to hear will help you write a good toast.
2.) Remember: there's no "I" in "toast." - Chances are, if you've been asked to do the toast, you are not the subject being toasted. 

  • Whether you're applauding a new couple
  • the success of a business venture
  • a family milestone
  • a holiday

Make sure the toast doesn't become "all about you."

As a general rule, don't use "I" and "me" as often as you use the names of the people you're toasting. "We" is also a great word to incorporate.


3.) Keep it brief (1 minute max). Regardless of the occasion, long-winded is never a good idea.
  • Focus on the most important emotions
  • Elements of the day
  • What are the things you most want to express?

Consider whether you really need extended anecdotes to make these points.

4.) Write your toast  -  then read it out loud to see how long it takes. If you think it's too long (over a minute) you're probably right. 


Another reason to read your toast out loud is to see if you've written things that are too much like tongue-twisters, run-on thoughts or just too wordy to work. You may have a great sentiment written down, but find it doesn't sound so great when it's read aloud.

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Rubric / Proficiency Scale

TOAST learning Goal: Students will know the steps and materials needed to write an effective toast for many different occasions.

Proficiency scale for delivering TOAST speeches

(A+) – student demonstrates a mastery in preparing a one minute toast centerd around a worthy subject and a message for the intended audience. The student also is able to effectively engage the whole audience with excellence in volume, clarity, audience scanning and eye contact. Student has an excellent control of the outlined speech and uses intros, transitions and conclusion tactics effectively.

(A- and B+) -  student demonstrates a proficiency in preparing one minute toasts centered around a worthy subject and a message for the intended audience. The student also is able to engage the whole audience with good volume, clarity, audience scanning and eye contact. Student has control of the outlined speech and does make of use intros, transitions and conclusion tactics.

(B and C+) - student demonstrates a partial ability (with some assistance) in preparing one minute toasts.  The topic is a worthy subject and there is the ability (with some assistance) to find a message for the intended audience. The student is somewhat consistent in engaging the whole audience with good volume, clarity, and audience eye contact. Student has some control of the outlined speech format and does make some worthwhile of use intros, transitions and conclusion tactics in the script.

(C and D) - student limited ability (with assistance) in preparing one minute toasts.  The topic is an appropriate subject but lacks a message for the intended audience. The student isn’t always engaging the whole audience.  Student has limited control of the outlined speech format and is still discovering the use of intros, transitions and conclusion tactics in a script.


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

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