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Speech Conclusion

Speech Conclusion

Students learn about the different parts of a speech conclusion and practice giving a conclusion comparing two brands of cookies.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Conclusions

Time:  60 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Conclusions Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Peer Evaluations Handout for each student.
  • Two bags of different kinds of candy, chocolate, or chips. For example, Oreo cookies and Chips Ahoy! cookies.



Ask students which is a better conclusion. The answer is #3 because a good speech does not require the speaker to tell the audience it is finished.

  1. That’s all.
  2. I’m finished.
  3. Thank you!

Give each student the Speech Conclusion Handout. Read the Handout together as a class. Ask students to identify the “three basic tasks” in the example paragraph. Ask students which keywords were used to signal that the speech was about to finish (Answer: So,…).


Show students the Oreo cookies and Chips Ahoy! cookies. Ask students to write a conclusion to a speech comparing the two products.

Oreo cookies are better than Chips Ahoy! cookies because…


Allow students around 5 minutes to prepare their conclusions. Encourage students to come up with 2 – 3 main points. Allow students to taste the cookies and look at the packaging, if necessary.


Pass out the Peer Evaluations Handout to each student. The audience’s task is to listen to each speech and take note of the “three basic tasks.”


Ask the first student to go to the front of the classroom and give a speech.


Continue with each student until all the students have had a chance to give a speech.


Discuss each speech together as a class. Ask students to report the “three basic tasks” in each speech. Write notes on the board in the same format as the Handout.


It’s best to do the Speech Introduction activity first. Then, ask the students to write a conclusion based on the introduction they wrote about the Pringles and Ritz crackers. This helps the students identify the relationship between the introduction and the conclusion.

Extended Practice

Ask students to write a simple outline for their speech.

  • Introduction:
    • Get audience’s attention
    • Tell audience why it is important
    • Thesis: Oreo cookies are better than Chips Ahoy! cookies because…
  • Point 1
  • Point 2
  • Point 3
  • Conclusion:
    • Now you see why Oreo cookies are better than Chips Ahoy! cookies.
    • Summarize main points
    • Give the audience something to remember

Printable Worksheets

Speech Conclusion Handout
Peer Evaluations Handout


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