Speech Resources

Judging Criteria:

Planning (Week 1)

  • Select a topic that you are interested in informing others about. Do some research on your topic so you know lots about it.
  • Identify the main ideas about your topic that you want to inform your audience about. To ensure your speech has a good structure, use a hamburger plan to help you organise these ideas.

Writing (Week 2)

Write your speech. Here are some videos, success criteria and examples to help you write your speech.

Video: How to start your speech

Video:  How to End Your Speech

Practising (Week 3)

Reading

Now you have written your speech, practise reading your speech aloud either to the mirror, a family member or record yourself. Do this more than once. As you read focus on and ask for feedback/feedforward on:

  • Length – Is my speech about 3-4 minutes in length?
  • Pace – Are you speaking at a pace that is comfortable for the audience? (Usually people speak too quickly.)
  • Expression – How are you changing your voice to engage the audience?
  • Volume – Is your voice loud enough for others to hear without shouting?
  • Clarity and Accuracy – Are you pronouncing words clearly and correctly?
  • Gestures – What gestures or body language could you use to engage your audience?

Cue Cards

Once you are comfortable with reading your speech, now it is time to put your speech on to cue cards.

  • Make a cue card for each paragraph of your speech.
  • Use a highlighter to identify the key words or phrases in each sentence.
  • Use these key words or phrases to make bullet points on your cue cards.

Presenting Speech

Now it is time to practise your speech using cue cards. Remember, you do not need to have your speech memorised word for word – no one will know it is different except you. Practise presenting your speech using only your cue cards either to the mirror, a family member or record yourself. Do this more than once until you are comfortable with your speech.

As you read, focus on and ask for feedback/feedforward on:

  • Eye Contact – How are you making eye contact with your audience?
  • Pace – Are you speaking at a pace that is comfortable for the audience? (Usually people speak too quickly.)
  • Expression – How are you changing your voice to engage the audience?
  • Volume – Is your voice loud enough for others to hear without shouting?
  • Clarity and Accuracy – Are you pronouncing words clearly and correctly?
  • Gestures – What gestures or body language could you use to engage your audience?

Preliminary Rounds (Week 4)

Have your speech ready to present to teachers this week.