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Resources for grades 1-12 including speech, debate, ELA and bulletin board/classroom decor and posters!
Public Speaking Word Wall (20 Vocabulary Words & Definitions)
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Public Speaking Word Wall (20 Vocabulary Words & Definitions)

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Regardless of the subject-area, if a student is giving a presentation or speech, they should know and understand vocabulary associated with public speaking. Good habits start early, so encourage vocal variety and polished performances in your classroom! Included in this PDF are 20 public speaking vocabulary words and definitions (one per page) that can be printed as posters, word walls, flash cards, etc! Print in full color or opt for grayscale. Words include: volume, rate, articulation, enunciation, pitch, inflection, tone, gesture, visual aid, projection, pronunciation, monotone, diction, resonance, optimum pitch, fluency, timbre, dialect, intonation & pause. *(Written in American English)
Public Speaking Activities & Ice Breakers
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Public Speaking Activities & Ice Breakers

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Speaking in front of the class or a group can be intimidating for many students, so why not make it fun? This activity pack includes directions for 7 public speaking events and ice breakers. Activity Titles: -What’s My Bag? -As Seen on TV (Shown on preview) -5 Minute Speed Debating -Tallest Tower -I’ve Got Your Back! -Interviews & Introductions -Our Island** Each page includes a detailed description of the activity and supply list. Activities range from 10 minutes to a full class period. All activities can be modified for your class size! Most activities begin with group work then progress into full-class share time. Written in American English.
Ethos, Logos, Pathos (Aristotle's Modes of Persuasion)
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Ethos, Logos, Pathos (Aristotle's Modes of Persuasion)

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Persuasive messages are all around us! This lesson teaches students to identify and implement Aristotle’s 3 modes of persuasion (rhetorical appeals): ethos, logos & pathos. Appropriate for secondary students, this zip file includes 3 color and B&W posters, student notes, “Identifying Ethos, Logos & Pathos in Historical Speeches” activity, and an “Editorial Writing” activity. The student notes introduce key terms and provide a detailed diagram of Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle. The 2 activities are perfect for speech, debate, ELA, creative writing, or social studies classrooms. There is not an answer key for the activities, as student answers will vary. There is an excellent opportunity for group and classroom discussion during/after each activity. Written in American English.
Environmental Informative Speech & Technology-Based Presentation
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Environmental Informative Speech & Technology-Based Presentation

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This environmental issues informative speech and presentation is perfect for any ELA, science, or public speaking secondary class! Students will learn the basics of informative speaking, speech writing, research/citing sources, and creating a technology-based visual aid. They will also learn a LOT about issues affecting our planet. Not only will they present, but they will fill out a peer critique chart as they listen to their classmates. An easy-to-grade rubric is included and tips to help students become more confident, less anxious speakers! Included in this 11-page PDF file: Table of Contents Informative Speech Guidelines Visual Aid & Note Card Guidelines Tips for Using Technology-Based Visual Aids Topic List Sample Informative Speech Outline Informative Speech Research Outline Speech Grading Rubric Peer Critique Charts **American English
50 Debate Topics: Think, Research, Write, Speak Persuasively!
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50 Debate Topics: Think, Research, Write, Speak Persuasively!

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This list of 50 debate topics will keep your students engaged and allow them to practice their thinking, research, writing, speaking, and argumentation skills! All topics are school appropriate and the wording can be modified by the teacher. The topics are divided into the following categories: School and education Government, judicial system & military Science & environment Technology, ethics & society SAMPLE TOPICS: -Should students be required to wear school uniforms? -Should schools block access to all social media sites (while on campus)? -Should the United States help third world countries? -Should the United States have a draft for military service? -Should the United States end its use of the penny? -Is human activity a substantial cause of global climate change? -Are there more disadvantages to recycling than advantages? -Are professional athletes overpaid? **Written in American English.
My First Research Paper (secondary)
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My First Research Paper (secondary)

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“My First Research Paper” will help guide your students through the often frustrating and overwhelming process of writing a research paper! Designed for secondary students, these activities may be modified to meet the needs of your learners. For example, if your students are not ready to incorporate MLA citations into their papers (or if you prefer APA), you can teach the citations and works cited format in a different way. 7th grade teachers may want to keep things more simplified, as 10th grade teachers will want to ensure students fully understand citation/MLA format and guidelines. If you already have activities to teach research paper writing, you may pair these activities with your current materials. These pages are meant to enhance your lesson, not necessarily replace what you are already doing! You are free to use only what you need. You may also use the “Peer Revising & Editing” page for other writing assignments, not just research papers. I hope you find these tools helpful, for both you and your students. Examples are shown on every page to help the students along the way! Included in File (14 pages): -Research Paper Notes & Topic Ideas -Make a Plan! (Brainstorming Activity Page) -Research Outline -Rough Draft Pages (with tips) -Citation Station (Guide for MLA in-text citations & works cited) -Peer Revising & Editing -Final Draft Guidelines & Fill-In Information for Students -Final Paper Rubric **Written in American English.
Writing & Public Speaking for Little Kids
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Writing & Public Speaking for Little Kids

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“Writing & Public Speaking Activities for Little Kids” allow students to work on their writing and interpersonal communication skills. These activities will also build students’ confidence when speaking in front of a group. Teachers may want to take this opportunity to discuss public speaking vocabulary, such as volume, rate, eye contact, articulation, and clarity. These activities are perfect to use as ice-breakers, warm-ups, group work, centers, or time fillers! **Activities are labeled LEVEL 1 or LEVEL 2 on the top right of each page. Level 1 activities are most suitable for 1st & 2nd grade and require shorter, less detailed answers and explanations. Teachers may prompt students to elaborate on their answers by asking “Why?” or “How?” Level 2 activities are most suitable for 3rd -5th grade and require more detailed explanations. **Activities that are only provided for Level 2 (see list below) can be simplified for younger students (teacher’s discretion). Feel free to modify activities for your little speakers! Activities: • 2 Roll-N-Speak pages (Level 1) • 2 Roll-N-Speak pages (Level 2) • My Happy Place (Level 1) • My Happy Place (Level 2) • Our Island (partner/group activity, Level 2) • Book Talk (Level 2) • Name Acrostic (Levels 1 & 2) • Picture This! (Level 1) • Picture This! (Level 2) • Classmate Chit-Chat (Level 2) • My Invention (Level 1) • My Invention (Level 2) **Written in American English.
Create an App Expository Writing Activity, Secondary
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Create an App Expository Writing Activity, Secondary

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As we all know, students are obsessed with their technology-- phones, laptops, tablets! This 3-part expository writing activity for secondary students is a FUN way to get students thinking outside the box while writing about something they love! After reflecting on the apps they use every day, students are given the opportunity to create their own unique, never-before-seen app that their classmates will review. Part 1: Design the app cover and fill out an “App Store” page with brief overview. Part 2: Write an expository essay (review of key terms and essay format included). Part 3: Conduct a peer rotation session where each student reviews three of their classmate’s apps. There is a five-star review section and space for comments. This activity may take 2-3 class periods, depending on how much time they are given to create, write, and review. To add an additional activity, allow students to orally present their apps for the class. It never hurts to throw some public speaking in the mix! *Written in American English.
Conspiracy Theories: Uncovering the Truth (3-Part Research Project PLUS Debate)
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Conspiracy Theories: Uncovering the Truth (3-Part Research Project PLUS Debate)

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If you’ve turned on the news lately, stood in line at the grocery store and browsed the magazines, or surfed the internet, then you know that conspiracy theories are everywhere! Some of the theories are so intriguing, we read further or turn up the volume. Others are so outrageous that we laugh in disbelief! How can we possibly separate fact from fiction when the media can be so convincing? Some of the oldest conspiracy theories are still circulating today, from Bigfoot and alien sightings, to the “faked” moon landing and rumors that Elvis is still alive! In this 3-part research project, Conspiracy Theories: Uncovering the Truth (research outline, paper, and slideshow presentation) plus optional debate, your 9th-12th grade students can try to get to the bottom of some of the wildest conspiracy theories and decide for themselves what is real and what is fake. This is a FUN project that your students will enjoy. Although there is a timed debate format, they will want to debate these conspiracy theories for hours! Included in 11-Page PDF file: -Teacher’s Notes & Table of Contents -What is a conspiracy theory? Information & Topic List -Info Sheet and Project Requirements -Research Outline -MLA Works Cited Page Format & In-Text Citations -Project Grading Rubric -Debate Formats (1 VS. 1 & 2 VS. 2) -Peer Debate Round Notes & Voting Ballot *The basics of MLA format are explained in this project and assessed on the grading rubric. You may implement a different format if you’d like. **Written in American English.
10 Short Writing Assignments for Teens and Tweens
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10 Short Writing Assignments for Teens and Tweens

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These 10 short writing assignments for teens and tweens are a great way to assess student writing, leave with sub, or use as “filler” activities as needed. I keep a few copied and tucked away so I’m always covered if an extra assignment is needed! Each 2-page writing activity includes a review of key literary terms, important information needed for the assignment (format, guidelines, etc.) and a writing activity. These writing assignments can take anywhere from 20 minutes to a full class period. Feel free to time students or give them as long as they need. To stretch an activity, have students read aloud for the class or in small groups. The poetry activity is especially fun to read aloud! Writing assignments included: 1.) Descriptive writing: picture prompt 2.) Persuasive writing: letter to school board 3.) Narrative writing: overcoming challenge essay 4.) Editorial writing: school hot topic editorial 5.) Expository writing: bullying essay 6.) Poetry writing: free verse and haiku 7.) Compare and contrast writing: topic choices provided 8.) Opinion writing: social media essay 9.) Creative writing: sentence starter prompt 10.) Journal writing: two writing prompts Written in American English.
My Utopian Bedroom Descriptive Writing, Design & Public Speaking Project
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My Utopian Bedroom Descriptive Writing, Design & Public Speaking Project

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“My Utopian Bedroom Descriptive Writing & Design Project” is an engaging, creative, and FUN project for upper-elementary and junior high students! Students are given the freedom to think outside the box, use their imaginations, and create a unique space that represents their interests and unique style. The best part is, while they are having fun, YOU get to evaluate their outlining, descriptive writing, and public speaking skills! Feel free to modify this project to meet the needs of your students. You can give the students a packet with all of the pages and allow them to work on the project at their own pace, or you can work on a different part of the project as a class each day. For the oral presentation, you may project the student’s bedroom floor plan on a screen for all to view, or you can require students to make a poster-sized floor plan to use as a visual aid during their presentation. File Includes: *Student Project Guidelines *Descriptive Essay Outline *Descriptive Essay Lined Pages *Bedroom Floor Plan *Presentation & Note Card Tips *Project Grading Rubric Simply print and begin! No additional supplies necessary. Written in American English.
10 Propaganda Techniques Mini-Unit, Secondary Education
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10 Propaganda Techniques Mini-Unit, Secondary Education

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his propaganda mini-unit has everything you need to teach your students about persuasive techniques used in advertising and media! The zip file includes: -PowerPoint -Student notes outline (to go with PowerPoint) -Internet scavenger hunt activity -Identifying propaganda techniques in news headlines activity (with answer key) -Flash cards (printable foldable template) -Colorful classroom propaganda poster -Quiz with answer key My students really enjoy this unit! If you have time for a project, students can make a propaganda book with clipped ads (from magazines or internet) and display in a creative book to present to the class. This mini-unit is perfect for any secondary ELA, speech, debate, or social studies class! Written in American English.
Logical Fallacies: Identifying 12 Flawed Arguments
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Logical Fallacies: Identifying 12 Flawed Arguments

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Logical fallacies are all around us in advertising, the media, and in daily conversations! Students should learn how to identify these sometimes confusing persuasive techniques. This is a great unit for speech, debate, law, English, and public speaking classes! The zip file includes logical fallacy posters (or can be used as a word wall), student handout/notes with definitions, worksheet/activity, and definition cards (may be used as task cards or flash cards). Logical fallacies defined: -Ad hominem -Slippery slope -Red herring -Straw man -Begging the question -Hasty generalization -False dichotomy -Ad populum -Appeal to authority -Emotional appeal -No true scotsman -Appeal to nature Written in American English.
Charades for Kids (mid/upper elementary)
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Charades for Kids (mid/upper elementary)

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Charades is a game that students (and adults) have enjoyed for years! This classic game is perfect for rainy days, class parties, brain breaks, and team building! In addition to being entertaining and highly engaging, mid to upper-level elementary students will learn to use their nonverbal communication skills to convey messages using only gestures, body movements, and facial expressions. Student directions are included, but you may change or modify the directions as necessary. File Includes: -Teacher’s notes -Student directions -6 charades kid-friendly categories (Categories: Children’s books, movies, animals, transportation, school terms & landmarks) -110 pre-written topic slips -Blank page for you or the students to write your own Written in American English. Enjoy!!
Debate Vocabulary Word Wall
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Debate Vocabulary Word Wall

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Teaching a unit over argumentation, debate, or persuasive speaking? These 30 words are basic vocabulary words that every debater should learn and use in rounds! Print each on a full page or 2+ per page to create a FUN and colorful word wall!! You can also print these (several per page) and have students make flash cards with definitions! **BONUS debate vocabulary list with definitions included in file!
Squabble Cards, Secondary
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Squabble Cards, Secondary

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SQUABBLE Cards for secondary students are a fun and engaging way to get kids talking, participating, writing, sharing, researching, and forming opinions! There are tons of ways to use these cards in your classroom (see list below). *This set includes 88 cards. Questions are labeled based on their “category.” Categories: Education (20 cards) Sports (10 cards) Government (15 cards) Technology (20 cards) Social Issues (15 cards) Environment (8 cards) Suggestions for Use: Class discussion Debates Think, pair, share Quick writes Persuasive essays Research Time fillers Warm-up / Closing Early finishers *For best results, print cards, cut, and laminate. Written in American English.
Diversity Poster-- FREEBIE!
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Diversity Poster-- FREEBIE!

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This FREE diversity poster with a quote by Maya Angelou will not only brighten your classroom, but remind students that there is beauty in our differences! The poster is full-color, printable, and (for best results) 18X24 inches (or scale larger).
Holidays Around the World Research Project, Upper Elementary & Middle School
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Holidays Around the World Research Project, Upper Elementary & Middle School

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This 3-part project for upper elementary and middle school students is a great teaching and learning tool for students to research and share information about cultures, holidays, and traditions around the world! Students may research a holiday listed on the provided topic list or choose a holiday that is celebrated in a country of their choice. The holidays on the topic list (28 listed) are not limited to winter months, but are a variety of celebrations throughout the year. This file contains an outline to guide student research, directions and printable information boxes for students to create a lapbook visual aid, speech presentation outline, and grading rubric. Modify the project to meet the needs and learning levels of your students! Supplies: • Manila folders (one per student) • Glue and scissors • Map pencils, crayons, or markers • Access to printer (for students to print pictures) • Optional: colored paper to print information boxes Table of Contents: Student information sheet Page 2 Topic list Page 3 Research outline Page 4-5 Lapbook visual aid directions Page 6 Information boxes (for lapbook visual aid) Pages 7-9 Speech presentation outline Page 10-11 3-Part grading rubric Page 12 **Written in American English.
Clean Desk Notes-- FREEBIE!
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Clean Desk Notes-- FREEBIE!

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Clean desk notes are a great classroom management tool to acknowledge students who are taking pride in their personal work space! Write a note on the back or pair with a small treat, and make your students feel special! *6 printable designs *Full color and black/white/gray *FREE!
Reading Log for ALL Subjects-- FREEBIE!
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Reading Log for ALL Subjects-- FREEBIE!

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What’s better than a FREEBIE that can be used for any subject? This reading log not only requires students to record the date, time, and page numbers, but also provides space for them to write a short summary of the reading. Writing a few sentences to summarize the passages/pages require students to think through and process what they read and holds them accountable for the reading assignment. Use for ANY reading assignment-- chapter books & novels, textbooks, assigned passages, articles, etc. The file includes two pages for front/back printing (in black and white).