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A Speech Is Not an Essay

A Speech Is Not an Essay | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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"Speeches and essays are of the same genus, but not the same species. Each necessitates its own craft and structure. If you’re a great writer, don’t assume it will translate immediately to the spoken word. A speech is not an essay on its hind legs, and great speech writers and public speakers adapt accordingly."

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These are some important points of distinctions of speeches and presentations from essays. This is something we educators might dismiss as obvious, until we assign a presentation as an alternative option to an essay in school whether the school is elementary, secondary, or post-secondary. A teacher could read this as a guide for discussion, but could also assign the reading to secondary school students (high school, college) as a prompt for producing a Venn Diagram or some other graphic organizer establishing comparisons of the two products. It might be helpful to also develop a rubric with the class for each product. You might complement this activity with one or two TEDx videos of presentations. Depending on the student Internet access profile of the school, students might watch these videos at home as homework and make some notes about technical aspects of the video (based on the points made in this article). These notes could be submitted online in Google Forms (teacher created) or some other application's forms. In this way, technology is involved in different ways while not becoming a distraction by being unwieldy. Otherwise, if students do not have broadband Internet access, video viewing might be completed in class, perhaps with guided viewing (similar to guided reading), and the assignment could be submitted with school-provided laptop carts, iPads, or via traditional  pen and paper response. The teacher might also consider the use of a "bad" or "less than great" example of a presentation which might be found on Youtube. 

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OER Commons

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The goal of this two to three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to absorb deep lessons from Richard Feynmans recollections of interactions with his father. By reading and rereading the passage closely, and focusing their reading through a series of questions and discussion about the text, students will identify how and why Feynman started to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. When combined with writing about the passage, students will discover how much they can learn from a memoir. This close reading exemplar is intended to model how teachers can support their students as they undergo the kind of careful reading the Common Core State Standards require. Teachers are encouraged to take these exemplars and modify them to suit the needs of their students.

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