Speech Practice and Vocab Review

Class began the usual way. Since speech outlines were due today, students were able to go to the library in shifts in order to print.

After reading, students had 10 minutes to practice their speeches to the wall. The purpose of this time was for students to not only figure out how long/short their speech was, but it also allowed them to make any changes or additions while simply getting to know their speech better.

After practicing, students looked over the rubric, and I explained how both presentation and organization are equally important when it comes to public speaking. If a speech isn’t presented well with good eye contact, volume, and expression, a speech will be boring no matter how interesting the content; however, even if a speech is presented well, if it isn’t organized, the audience will get lost and walk away thinking, “What the heck did I just listen to?” That’s why those organizational pieces – the thesis statements in the intro and conclusion, the transitions, the topic sentences, the summary sentences – are so important.

Next, students had 10 – 15 minutes to start note-carding their speech.

Afterwards, we spent a chunk of time reviewing vocabulary with three different stations: memory, review Jenga, and quizlet. That took us to the end of the period where I reminded students that it is CRUCIAL they come prepared for their literature circle discussion tomorrow because tomorrow’s discussion is like their “final test” of discussion skills.


  1. Read for 25 minutes.
  2. Complete Day 6 literature circle reading/task
  3. Bring headphones/earbuds!
  4. Vocabulary quiz on WEDNESDAY