30 second Speeches

English 8 students were asked to choose a topic (from a list of 30) related to the play we’re studying, Romeo and Juliet, or to some aspect of Shakespeare’s life and works. They actually ended up being 30-60 seconds, but the idea was to practice being concise. Students were asked to select key information about their subject that they thought others would be interested in. Those that had them, brought their iPods or phones to class to record everyone’s speeches, and then send them to me. Many had done video recordings before, but not audio only, so there was a great deal of peer sharing of expertise. They were assessed on clarity of speech (loudness; no uh, um, like, etc.), pertinent information, and organization. Here are some samples:

Gurpal: Merchant of Venice

Megan: the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

Parmvir: The Curtain theatre

Alyssa: the role of Nurse in Romeo and Juliet


About phansenvsb

I am passionate about teaching reading and writing to a diverse audience from those experiencing challenges in reading and writing to those who seek deep enrichment in literature and its connections to the world in which it was written and to the present day. I also present workshops on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, literature circles, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry.
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