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Speech Introduction

Speech Introduction

Students learn about different types of introductions and practice giving a speech introduction comparing two brands of snack foods.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Introductions

Time:  60 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Speech Introduction 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, Pringles and Ritz Crackers.

Procedure

1

Ask students which is a better introduction. The obvious answer is #4 because it creates excitement about the topic.


  1. Today I want to talk about apples.

  2. My speech is about apples.

  3. My topic is apples.

  4. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Many of you may have heard this before, but do you know you should actually eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day?

2

Give each student the Speech Introduction Handout. Read the Handout together as a class. Ask students to identify the “three basic tasks” in the example paragraph. Ask students which method was used to get the audience’s attention (Answer: Quotation).

3

Show students the Pringles and Ritz Crackers. Ask students to write an introduction to a speech comparing the two products.


Pringles are better than Ritz Crackers because…

4

Allow students around 5 minutes to prepare their persuasive speech. Encourage students to come up with 2 – 3 reasons. Allow students to examine and taste the products.

5

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.”

6

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

7

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

8

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

Extended Practice

Ask students to write a simple outline for their speech.

  • Introduction
    • Get audience’s attention
    • Tell audience why it is important
    • Thesis: Pringles are better than Ritz Crackers because…
  • Point 1
  • Point 2
  • Point 3
  • Conclusion 
    • Now you see why Pringles are better than Ritz Crackers.

Printable Worksheets

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Speech Introduction Handout
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Peer Evaluations Handout
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