Christmas Speech Topics

Christmas Speech Topics

This game is a great tool for an English, Speech, or Drama classroom to encourage creativity, fluency, Christmas spirit, and more! Get your students' creative juices flowing! For my Public Speaking classroom, I use this to get additional practice speaking in front of the class. It has made them a lot more comfortable and fluid in their speaking styles. For a Drama classroom, it would make a great warm-up activity. The students will click on one of 8 Christmas icons and a topic or an activity will appear. The student will take whatever topic/activity they chose and act on it. More specifics and a variation are included when you download the .zip file. Everything downloaded is copyrighted and can be used for educational purposes. The download includes a PowerPoint presentation and an instructions guide.
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Debate Activities Bundle

Debate Activities Bundle

Save almost 30% by buying all my debate activities at once! This bundle includes the Back to School debates (debating cell phone use and fidget spinners in the classroom), Christmas debates (debating types of Christmas trees and lights), and my coffee debates (with propositions of both value and policy). Enjoy!
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Fidget Spinner Debate Activity

Fidget Spinner Debate Activity

Practice debate with a topic your high schoolers will love! This is a no-prep (except for just printing it off) activity for your debate, public speaking, or English students! It's a lighthearted practice in persuasion. Take a break and watch your students construct and defend their arguments! Just divide up the students how you want, hand them each their packet, and let them start preparing the debate! The policy proposition included lets the students discuss whether schools should allow fidget spinners or not! A simple and fun way to have your students practice their persuasion skills. When I teach debate, I teach using propositions of face, value, and policy. This particular activity is completely propositions of POLICY.
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Back to School Debates

Back to School Debates

What better way to start school than to let your students DEBATE over some of their classroom rules! In this fun back-to-school activity, your students will enjoy diving right into public speaking, debate, and English/rhetoric on day one! This is a no-prep (except for just printing it off!) activity! It's a lighthearted practice in persuasion. Take a break and watch your students construct and defend their arguments! Just divide up the students how you want, hand them each their packet, and let them start preparing the debate! This activity includes two policy propositions: should fidget spinners be allowed in the classroom AND should cell phones be allowed in the classroom? **This product is a bundle and DOES include my Fidget Spinner Debate Activity- no need to buy both!** A simple and fun way to have your students practice their persuasion skills. When I teach debate, I teach using propositions of fact, value, and policy. This particular activity is completely propositions of POLICY.
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Cyrano de Bergerac Cuttings and Activity

Cyrano de Bergerac Cuttings and Activity

This is a great way to introduce the classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac to your English or Drama students! Let your students really bring classic literature to life! This product contains 2 cuttings from Cyrano de Bergerac. The cuttings are the same part of the story, but one runs almost 15 minutes and the other runs 9-10 minutes. My students used the shorter cutting to place 3rd place at a local competition! This product ALSO contains a version of the script with a handful of reading comprehension questions in the margins, as well as an answer key.
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Christmas Debate Activity

Christmas Debate Activity

Practice debate with a seasonal twist! This is a no-prep (except for just printing it off) activity for your debate, public speaking, English students! It's a lighthearted practice in persuasion. Take a break and watch your students construct and defend their arguments! Just divide up the students how you want, hand them each their packet, and let them start preparing the debate! Two different topics are tackled: Colored holiday lights vs. Clear holiday lights and REAL Christmas trees vs. FAKE Christmas trees. A simple and fun way to have your students practice their persuasion skills.
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Coffee Debate Activity - Policy

Coffee Debate Activity - Policy

Practice debate with a topic your high schoolers will love! This is a no-prep (except for just printing it off) activity for your debate, public speaking, or English students! It's a lighthearted practice in persuasion. Take a break and watch your students construct and defend their arguments! Just divide up the students how you want, hand them each their packet, and let them start preparing the debate! The policy proposition included lets the students pick the coffee shop they want to debate about, then they argue why that shop should (or shouldn't!) lower their prices! A simple and fun way to have your students practice their persuasion skills. When I teach debate, I teach using propositions of fact, value, and policy. This particular activity is completely propositions of POLICY.
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Coffee Debate Activity - Value

Coffee Debate Activity - Value

Practice debate with a topic your high schoolers will love! This is a no-prep (except for just printing it off) activity for your debate, public speaking, or English students! It's a lighthearted practice in persuasion. Take a break and watch your students construct and defend their arguments! Just divide up the students how you want, hand them each their packet, and let them start preparing the debate! Two different topics are tackled: Coffee Brand A vs. Coffee Brand B (let your students pick which coffee brands to compare!) and hot coffee vs. cold/blended coffee. A simple and fun way to have your students practice their persuasion skills. When I teach debate, I teach using propositions of face, value, and policy. This particular activity is completely propositions of VALUE.
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Informative Speech Unit (Up to 2 weeks of instruction!)

Informative Speech Unit (Up to 2 weeks of instruction!)

NO TEXTBOOK NEEDED! Teach informative speaking in a simple and fun way! If you want to teach your Speech or English students how to give an informative speech, this unit is for you! The unit includes a week of lectures, and up to two weeks of class activities (depending on your class size). If you buy this unit, you will receive a document on the basics of teaching speech, a week of lectures on informative speaking, a PowerPoint that follows the lecture, a rubric for easy grading, a worksheet, activities, and a PowerPoint game. The materials also include links to example videos and extra videos to extend any lesson. I'm a speech teacher and I LOVE teaching my students that giving speeches can be fun! This unit makes teaching speech easy and fun! Feel free to check out one of my PowerPoint games! They are great fun for any Speech or ELA classroom. My Storytelling Game one is a big favorite!
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Historical Speeches Sub Plans

Historical Speeches Sub Plans

If you're a Speech (or American/World History!) teacher that needs a sub plan in a snap, this is perfect for you! Print off the packet for each student, give your sub the YouTube playlist, and you are covered! In this sub plan, I include 8 evaluation sheets for 8 historical speeches. I separated each sheet so that you have to option to reorder or remove any speeches you don't think would be a good fit for your particular class. I provide the material, but you are ultimately in charge! ***You'll need access to YouTube and a way for your students to watch the speeches to make best use of this product.*** Many of the speeches I included are just short segments of a famous speech, to help keep the students attention. If you would rather swap out my clip with the full speech, you could do that on YouTube. If you use all the speeches included in this sub plan, it should easily cover one period. For my own class, it covered two because my students wanted to watch every speech twice to answer the accompanying questions. Here are the list of speeches included in this product: "I Have a Dream" - Martin Luther King, Jr "We Chose to Go to the Moon" - JFK "Challenger Disaster" - Reagan "Bullhorn Speech" - George W. Bush "Stand Against Socialism" - Margaret Thatcher "Inaugural Address" - JFK "A Day in Infamy" - FDR "Tear Down This Wall" - Reagan This sub plan is a fun way to expose your students to the famous speeches of history while you're gone!
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StoryTelling PowerPoint Game

StoryTelling PowerPoint Game

This public speaking game is a great tool for an English or Speech classroom to encourage listening and speaking in response, creativity, fluency, and more! Get your students' creative juices flowing! For ELA classroom, this can meet speaking/listening standards. For my Public Speaking classroom, I use this to get additional practice speaking in front of the class. It has made them a lot more comfortable and fluid in their speaking styles. The student will click on one of the numbers and be given four words. With those words, the student has to quickly make up a story that includes all of the words. Once your students catch on, you can take it up a notch and have the student take turns creating ONE continuous story! More specifics are included when you download the .zip file. Everything downloaded is copyrighted and can be used for educational purposes. The download includes a PowerPoint presentation and an instructions guide.
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