Biography: Oral Report

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SWBAT report on a topic with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Big Idea

Students recite the speeches they have written for the Biography Tea.


15 minutes

I started the lesson by displaying the oral presentation rubric on the document camera. I explained each category; speaks clearly, volume, and pacing. I explained that it is important to speak clearly so that the audience can understand you. You should also speak at an appropriate volume so that you can be heard. Also, be careful not to speak too loudly. Finally, pacing is important so that you understandable to the audience. If you speak too fast, the audience will miss the message. Speaking too slowly may bore the audience and they may stop listening to you.

I modeled practicing my presentation, focusing on the elements of the rubric. I purposely spoke too fast and asked for feedback from students. They said I was too fast and could not understand everything I said. I presented again, this time incorporating their feedback and speaking at a moderate pace. 

Independent Practice

20 minutes

Students worked with a partner to practice their oral report. They assessed each other on every element of the rubric.  They told each other something that they did well and suggested something they may want to work on. I did this because it can be difficult for some students to speak in front of an audience. Hearing what they did well served to boost their confidence. Having students critique each other let me know they understood the criteria of an effective presentation.


20 minutes

I assessed students via the rubric. They recited their speeches to me individually. This was the first time they would speak outside of the classroom, so I wanted to ensure they were heard by their audience and spoke clearly at an appropriate pace.