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Speech One Done

February 12, 2018

Speech One Done


Students in PowerPoint Presentations just completed their first formal speech, a demonstration (how-to speech).  Demonstrations are among the most common speeches given, in fact, they are a staple in corporate and adult training environments. Due to the popularity of this speech form, the well-rounded speaker must master the demonstration speech. 


Demonstration topics this semester were presented as collaborative partner speeches and included the following topics: 

 How to make:   

        Slime                        Ice Cream Sundaes                        Grilled Cheese Sandwiches                        

        Edible Playdoh        Strawberry-Banana Smoothies        Baked S’mores

       Ice Cream in a Bag



Their first formal speech helped students set goals to improve upon on in the next informative speech.


An informative speech helps an audience understand and remember the material presented.  The two types of informative speeches are expository and process speeches.  An expository speech gives information on a specific topic while a process, or how-to, speech tells how to do something, how to make something, or how something works. 


Students are now ready to move on to the second form of informative speech, the expository speech, which gives information about a specific subject. 


Students will create a six-minute informative speech on a career they are interested in pursuing

(7 minutes for those students who have chosen a career with advanced degree requirements)


For the informative career speech, students will:


1)       Choose a topic and gather information:

         Students will select a career and gather information from 2 to 3 sources –

         1)  Occupational Outlook Handbook (online)

         2)  Website of a college, university, vocational school, etc.  (online)

         3)  IF you need a 3rd source:   Career Planner (online) or any other reputable website with job outlook



         Student research will include 3 categories  

                  *What job could I see myself doing in the future?

                           -How would you describe this job?

                           -What do they do while on the job?

                           -How much do they get paid (average wage)?

                           -What qualifications do I have that make this a suitable job/career for me?


                  *What is needed to become a __________________?

                           -What type of education/training do I need to get a job in this field?

                           -What type of classes/how long is the program/is it a degree, certification, license?

                           -Where could I go to get this education/training?  

                           -Will I have to complete internships, residencies, apprentice programs, fellowships?

                           -How much will this cost?


                  *What is the job outlook for this occupation in the next 10 years

                           -Does this career provide opportunities in the future?

                           -Is there job growth potential? Why/Why not?

                           -Is there a shortage/abundance of people in this field? 



2)      Organize the speech:

         Students will create notecards (according to specific guidelines that support the chosen points.

         In addition, they will create a working outline in MLA format (in-text citations as well as a Works Cited)


3)      Create a visual aid:

         In addition, students will create a small slideshow (5 slides) to be used as a visual aid when presenting –

         also w/MLA citation for all images and text


4)      Deliver the speech:

         Students will practice to perfect their speech with a learning partner

         Students will present a timed speech to an audience of their peers

         Students will evaluate speeches with an oral or written critique focusing on what the speaker did to help

            the audience understand and remember the information presented


Informative career speeches will be presented on March 27th, 28th, and 29th .













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