Speak Your Mind Formative Speech The Horizon of our dreams has decided to share the morning announcements through live broadcast, instead of through the intercom! Every morning, you watch and listen to the morning news on your classroom’s TV. One segment that airs on Mondays is called Speak Your Mind! During this 2-minute segment, students get to share their opinions in a 30-60 second, persuasive, respectful, and informed speech. For students to appear on the show, they must write their speech and submit it to the Approval Board-Ms. McClain, Ms. Ullrich, and Ms. Gist. If their speech is 30-60 seconds long, and is persuasive, respectful, and informed, they will get to appear live on Speak Your Mind! to present their speeches. Since we come to school in real-Horizon and not dream-Horizon, we can’t air this broadcast on TV. However, students with the best speeches will have the option of sharing it over the morning announcements in February! You will be scored on three criteria for your written speech: Organizing, Producing Text, and Using Language. You will be scored again on Using Language for your oral speech. Here are the level 7-8 descriptors for these criteria: B: Organizing: The student… 78 i. ii. makes sophisticated use of organizational structures that serve the situation and purpose effectively effectively organizes opinions and ideas in a reasonable and logical manner with ideas building on each other in a sophisticated way C: Producing text: The student… produces texts that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, thought, imagination and sensitivity and perceptive exploration and consideration of new viewpoints and ideas ii. makes perceptive choices with the style of language and grammar, demonstrating clear awareness of impact on an audience iii. selects extensive relevant details and examples to develop ideas with precision. D: Using language: The student… i. i. effectively uses a variety of appropriate vocabulary, sentence structures and forms of expression ii. writes in a consistently appropriate tone of voice and style that serve the situation and purpose iii. uses grammar, sentence structure and punctuation with a high degree of accuracy; errors are minor and communication is effective To help you prepare for your written speech, complete the following brainstorming notes: Write down your opinion about three topics, and explain what you would try to convince others to believe: Opinion on a Topic Persuasive Goal Example: I believe that the Example: Convince all middle book, Moon Over Manifest, by school students to read it. Clare Vanderpool, is great. Now that you have chosen a persuasive topic, complete this outline to prepare you to write your persuasive speech. You should NOT write in complete sentences: Introduction: -attention grabber a startling statement a rhetorical question a quotation a funny story a dramatic story a photograph or other visual aid -topic sentence (what do you believe that you are trying to convince us to agree with?) Body -reasons that prove your topic you should have more than one reason each reason needs to be supported by emotions, examples, facts, details, and/or stories to help prove your topic Conclusion -restate your topic with new words -explain your call to action (what do you want us to do?) Change our beliefs? Change our actions? Do something to help? Try something new?