Here’s a rubric to help you assess the speeches your students have written! Public speaking is one of my favourite units for several reasons:
- Public speaking hits upon several curriculum expectations for both writing and oral communication
- Students not only improve their speaking skills, but they also develop their listening skills
- Students need more opportunities to practice speaking in front of an audience
When I announce that we will be working on public speaking by writing and delivering speeches, most students are very apprehensive and lack confidence in their abilities. It’s amazing to see how well they end up doing! This type of activity really surprises students and allows them to overcome their fears.
I previously wrote about how I start out my unit by having students listen to three awesome speeches on YouTube and use these three speeches to inspire their writing and delivery.
Here’s the rubric that I use to assess the written component of their speech (just click on the image!).