UNIT 6 - The Eulogy

"My Favorite Dead Celebrity
Rocked The World..."-
50 pts for the script and 10 powerpoint slides
50 pts for the performance

TIME LIMIT - 1 and 1/2  Minutes

Purpose: Each student is to take the podeum and deilvery a memorial speech for a deceased celebrity of choice.

The speeches are to be about someone who changed the world for the better*.
*They can not be known for doing wrong in the world!


Pick a Person - (NO doubling up!!)

Research their life
(we will use the lab for some of the research.)

Gather information about the deceased:
In this case, get the important information on the famous person.  Some important information to include in the eulogy:

  • Person's age/date of birth / date of their death
  • Family history/ friends / other important relationships in their life and career
  • Eduacation / work
  • Hobbies / special interests
  • Places lived
  • Special accomplishments in life
Also look at

  • Favorite memories of the celebrity
  • Favoritre songs, poems, artwork, sports highlights, movies, video they left behind.


Each speaker's Eulogy MUST also have:

 A Supporting Powerpoint

At least 6 separate slides of images/pictures/quotes

*Do not put your script in the powerpoint...it is visual aid only!

The most touching and meaningful eulogies are written from the heart.

Writing a Eulogy

(tributes or memorial speeches) have many different themes and styles. Your eulogy style will depend on who is being remembered and the nature of their death. Giving a eulogy while coping with the loss of a loved one could be a very difficult challenge. However, giving a eulogy is also like giving a tribute to the person you lost.

Different styles of eulogy presentation are:

Chronological or Life History – this type of eulogy presentation talks about the person’s life, awards and achievements. You talk about their experiences, share anecdotes from their journal that remind you of the person. This could be factual and may allow you to distance yourself from the grieving emotion you are feeling at the moment.

Shared Memories – these are your personal recollections. This could be easier to write but the hardest type of eulogy to present because this is based on your personal memories. You are not only talking about the deceased, but you may also be exposing yourself to the pain of losing a loved one.

Tribute – this form is usually used in obituaries in the newspaper. This type of eulogy focuses on the achievements and accomplishments of the person you lost.
Legacy – this type of eulogy allows you to focus on the achievements or projects that person is leaving behind; it could be his family, his profession or a project that he has undertaken.
Using Main Points – this is the most common way of making not just a eulogy, but any kind of speeches. You choose major points about the person’s life and use this to highlight your thoughts. Summarize the points you used in the entirety of your speech upon the conclusion of your eulogy.
Special Theme – there are different themes or concepts that you may use in the preparation of the eulogy: religious, musical, humorous, toasts, or given for someone unknown.

A eulogy using musical theme combines music and words in celebrating the person’s life. This is a moving memorial because the music used is usually a reminder of your loss. Including humorous speech in your eulogy, you need to be sensitive to the type of audience you have and the deceased being remembered.

No matter what type of theme or style you use, the purpose of giving a eulogy is sharing a person’s life in one single speech. It is important to touch upon the life and the after life of the deceased. Involve your audience emotionally. Don’t worry if you need to shed tears during your delivery, it is likely that everybody listening were crying too.

Rubric/ Proficiency Scale
Eulogy learning Goal: Students will know the steps and materials needed to write an effective eulogy with visual aid. They will also gain exposure to performing in a larger venue by delivering their speeches on the Jerry R. Knight Auditorium stage at a podium, under the lights, and  with a microphone.

Proficiency scale for delivering Eulogy speeches

(A+) – student demonstrates a mastery in preparing a three minute Eulogy centered around a worthy subject.  They site the best biographical information and points of achievement in the celebrity’s life being the main message for the intended audience. The student also is able to effectively engage the whole audience with excellence in volume, clarity, audience scanning and attempting eye contact. The speaker has a clear “voice” in the piece – opinions are expressed. Student has an excellent control of the outlined speech and uses quotes, visual aid, finds valuable info to share, has solid intros, smooth transitions between topics, and a complete and well thought out conclusion.  

(A- and B+) -  student demonstrates a proficiency in preparing a three minute Eulogy centered around a worthy subject.  The script mostly contains and sometimes cites the best biographical information and points of achievement in the celebrity’s life.  The main message for the intended audience is clear. The student also is able to engage the audience with good volume, clarity, and audience connection.  Student has a good control of the outlined speech and visual aid. The info shared is interesting but could be a bit deeper.   Has intros, transitions and a complete conclusion.

(B and C+) - student demonstrates a partial ability in preparing a three minute Eulogy centered around a worthy subject. The biographical information and points of achievement are present but lacking punch. The info found needed to be more valuable. The student engages the audience but could work on volume and finding a speaking voice that is different than the everyday “voice”.  Student is exploring the speech writing process and and how to utilize visual aids effectively.  Good Intros, transitions and conclusion. May need a bit more rehearsal and one more draft to get the kinks out.

(C and D) - student shows limited ability (with assistance) in preparing a three minute eulogy.  The topic is an appropriate subject but lacks any real message or valuefor the intended audience. The student isn’t always engaging the whole audience.  Script needs to be drafted and the speaker should be using peer edits to help evolve their writing. Student isn’t using an effective process and should return to the traditional outlined speech format to gain better control at the podium. The speaker is still discovering the power of solid intros, smooth transitioning between topics and how to wrap up a speech. Speaker needs to practice alone more, and should try and read through their script out loud at least 15 times before presenting.

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

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