Throughout the month of February, Grade 4 - 6 students will be working with their teachers to learn how to brainstorm, research, write and present an After-Dinner Speech. Students will be presenting their speeches in front of their classmates the week of February 26th.
The purpose of the After-Dinner Speech is to entertain, inform, and go through the critical thinking and planning that comes along with writing a speech. Students will be drawing from competencies such as Critical Questioning as well as Compelling Oration for their speech content and delivery. As well, the speaker must identify an intended audience which could be realistic (e.g. a group of scientists or doctors) or more creative… such as a group of extraterrestrials!
Students may not use any props, and, while the speech may be either serious or humorous, students are discouraged from presenting a short story or stand-up comedy routine. As with any speech, notes and cue cards should be used as little as possible. This gives students a chance to practise their memorization skills!
Students will be presenting their speeches in front of their classmates the week of February 26th. The top three speeches from each grade will move on to the finals that will take place during the final week of term before the March Break. Stay tuned for updates on this meaningful opportunity for students to showcase their researching, writing, and presentation talents!