Organize Speech about Self
This speech lesson can be a standalone lesson where students introduce themselves to the class or it can be part of a larger autobiography unit. For this lesson, students will need to write a speech, prepare note cards and make and stuff a "me bag."
Teachers Assign the Autobiography Speech
The students will need to write a speech. For middle school students this speech could be two-to-five minutes long. For high school students, it could be longer or the same. It really depends on the purpose of this lesson. To introduction students to one another, a shorter one might be in order. For the speech to be part of a larger autobiography unit, students should present a longer speech.
The speech and the "me bag" should be completely connected. Students should be asked to break their lives into four sections. For each section, students should talk about one-to-two important events or things of interest.
Organizational List of Topics for Speech
Depending on the age of the students, the way that students organize their speech will be different. The following is a suggested speech organizational list for middle school students who are in the 8th grade. It can be adjusted for older and younger students. The reason for the four phases is to help the students stay organized and to keep their life topics in chronological order.
- introduction: grab audience’s attention and tell what the speech will be about
life phase 1: suggested: birth to age five or pre-school
life phase 2: suggested: kindergarten to second grade
life phase 3: suggested: fourth to fifth grade (before middle school or junior high)
life phase 4: suggested: sixth to eighth grade (middle school)
- conclusion: wrap up speech and make predictions about future life
Ask students to write on their paper introduction, life phase 1, life phase 2, life phase 3, life phase 4 and conclusion. Then they need to brainstorm things that they could talk about for each section.