Education Technology

NCTE: Ready, Set, Speak!

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students give speeches on randomly chosen topics. The spontaneous speeches are videotaped for later use in the writing process.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Outline the lesson for your students using the Speeches (Spontaneous and Scripted) Rubric contained in this activity. This matches section 1 in the LearningCheck(tm) file.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck(tm) file(s) to your class using TI Connect(tm) and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Develop and deliver a speech that conveys information and ideas in logical fashion for a selected audience, using language that clarifies and reinforces meaning.
  • Demonstrate confidence and poise during presentations, interacting effectively with the audience, and selecting language and gestures, being mindful of their effect.
  • Convey criticism in a respectful and supportive way.
  • Write essays demonstrating the capacity to communicate knowledge, opinions, and insights to an intended audience through a clear thesis and effective organization of supporting ideas.
  • Develop a composition through a series of drafts, using a revision strategy based on purpose and audience, personal style, self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and feedback from peers and teachers.
  • After the Activity

    After the spontaneous speeches have been delivered and recorded, use another class period to watch the speeches.

    Instruct each student to take excellent notes on his or her speech. These notes will be the basis of a first draft of a scripted version of the spontaneous speech. Offer to replay speeches after school for students who want to watch their speeches a second time to improve their notes.