“How To” Speeches

Teacher models a simple “how to” speech. Then, students prepare and deliver their own speeches.

Anchor(s)

S&L6: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

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Activity steps

  1. Model a “how to” speech. Use the directions below and demonstrate as you give the model presentation: Making a Peanut Butter/Jam Sandwich
    • Collect your ingredients: peanut butter, bread, jam, knife.
    • Spread peanut butter evenly onto one slice of bread using a knife.
    • Spread jelly or jam evenly onto the other slice of bread.
    • Press the two slices of bread together.
    • Cut the sandwich in half.
    • Enjoy your easy and delicious sandwich!
  2. Have students brainstorm to come up with a topic, then write “how to” directions.
  3. Encourage students to use formal discourse (including complete sentences) in their speeches. Review the opens in a new window Rubric for Presentations. Students will need a day to gather the materials to demonstrate and to give the 5-10 minute speech.
  4. At the next class session, students deliver their “how to” speeches. Use the opens in a new window Rubric for Presentations to provide feedback.

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